County of Simcoe Warden George Cornell was joined by Collingwood Mayor Brian Saunderson, Honourary Lieutenant General Richard Rohmer and representatives from County of Simcoe Paramedic Services to celebrate the grand opening of the county’s new Paramedic Station in Collingwood on March 1.
“The opening of this new station marks an important milestone in our continued efforts to provide the very best in emergency response and care to our residents and communities,” said Warden George Cornell. “This new Collingwood facility, along with recent additions in New Tecumseth and Orillia, and the ongoing builds in Barrie and Elmvale, demonstrate our ongoing commitment to adapt to growth and invest in infrastructure and resources that improve our 9-1-1 call response times across the region.”
The County of Simcoe established a Paramedic Services long-term strategic facility plan aimed at providing efficient and responsive paramedic services now and into the future. This plan outlines the need to establish a paramedic response presence in various areas across the county to meet the needs of local residents and visitors.
Centrally located adjacent to the Collingwood Downtown Heritage Conservation District, this five-bay, 6,000 square foot facility underwent a heritage impact assessment as part of the development application and in February 2019 received the Heritage Award from the Town of Collingwood.
Benefits and features of new station:
• Central location will support 9-1-1 response times and accommodate growth as Collingwood and surrounding communities expand.
• Pneumatic air controlled doors provide speed efficiencies to support with lowering response times.
• Radio-Frequency Identification (RFID) sensor system provides enhanced security with the flexibility of working with the entire fleet of vehicles. This unique system was designed internally by county maintenance staff.
• Green initiatives include a controlled lighting system (interior and exterior) and high efficiency heating and cooling systems.
• On-site generator allows station to continue operations in the event of a power failure.
County of Simcoe is composed of sixteen member municipalities and provides crucial public services to county residents in addition to providing paramedic and social services to the separated cities of Barrie and Orillia. Visit www.simcoe.ca for more details.
Photo: Warden George Cornell said, “This new Collingwood facility, along with recent additions in New Tecumseth and Orillia, and the ongoing builds in Barrie and Elmvale, demonstrate our ongoing commitment to adapt to growth and invest in infrastructure and resources that improve our 9-1-1 call response times across the region.”