Preliminary work is underway for a new Frontenac Paramedics station to be built on the existing Frontenac County Administration Campus at 2069 Battersea Road in Glenburnie.
According to a release from the County, Frontenac County Council has authorized County staff to complete the necessary planning work and to issue a request for proposals for construction of the new two-bay station. When complete, the new station will bring the number of Frontenac Paramedics stations serving Frontenac County and Kingston to eight. The project is expected to cost up to $3 million.
“This new Paramedic base is the next critical step in our long-term plan to ensure Frontenac Paramedics are fully equipped to serve residents of Frontenac County and Kingston as the need for service increases in the coming years,” said Frontenac County Warden, Denis Doyle. “Building the new station on the Frontenac County Campus will help maintain response times while saving taxpayers the costs associated with buying or leasing new land.”
The location of the new station will add to Frontenac Paramedics’ overall capacity, the County stated. According to the release, it will especially help to address paramedic response times when demand is high in the Rideau Heights and Montreal Street areas of Kingston, the Highway 401 corridor, and rapidly developing areas of The Township of South Frontenac.
“We’ve seen sharply increased demands on Paramedics and all frontline healthcare workers during the pandemic and we’re anticipating that call volume will increase at least 4.5 percent every year for the next decade,” said Frontenac Paramedics Chief Gale Chevalier. “This new base is just one of the many steps we’re taking to ensure that Frontenac Paramedics is staffed and equipped to meet these realities. We appreciate the support of Frontenac County Council.”
For more information about Frontenac Paramedics and Frontenac County plans for future expansion, visit: https://engagefrontenac.ca/frontenac-paramedics