New Paramedic Services Station Unveiled in Collingwood

New five-bay, 6,000 square foot facility

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.”


 official flag raising presentation to introduce the new five-bay, 6,000 square foot facility
Kitchen and common room at the new 6,000 sq foot County of Simcoe Paramedic Services Building in Collingwood.

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.


The new County of Simcoe Paramedic Services building in Collingwood
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

“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.”

– 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
County of Simcoe Warden George Cornell, Honourary Lieutenant General Richard Rohmer and representatives from County of Simcoe Paramedic Services

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.


County of Simcoe Warden George Cornell, Honourary Lieutenant General Richard Rohmer and representatives from County of Simcoe Paramedic Services
The new building has a kitchen and rest area, new change rooms

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.