A grand opening for the new County of Simcoe Paramedic Services building in Collingwood showed how the modern design and technological efficiencies will help reduce response times.
Deputy Chief of Logistics Shane Smith says their old home was literally an old home. “We had to go upstairs for things and open doors, just ordinary things, but things that took time and we want to cut down our response time. We now have pneumatic air controlled doors that provide speed efficiencies. It all helps with lowering response times.”
There was an official flag raising presentation to introduce the new five-bay, 6,000 square foot facility. Collingwood Mayor Brian Saunderson presented County of Simcoe Warden George Cornell the the Heritage Award from the Town of Collingwood. “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.”
Deputy Chief of Logistics Shane Smith says they have heated floors, an on-site generator in the event of a power failure and a Radio-Frequency Identification (RFID) sensor system – which gives an extra level of security. ” The great thing about that is we designed it in-house.
We saw the high cost associated with outsourcing it and we built the unique system internally by our own County maintenance staff. Smith also talked about the green initiatives they included, like a water system to reduce plastic waste and a controlled lighting system and high efficiency heating and cooling systems.