A Day of Firsts for Peel Regional Paramedic Services
The first of four Paramedic reporting stations officially opens
MISSISSAUGA, ON (May 22, 2012) – A brand new 29,000 square-foot paramedic reporting station located at 6825 Tomken Rd. is changing the delivery of paramedicine to the residents of Peel. The Tomken station is the first of four Peel Regional Paramedic Services (PRPS) reporting stations that feature a new facility design and an innovative operating model, which will deploy resources more effectively throughout the region.
"Today we celebrate two events, Paramedic Week to recognize the dedication and professionalism of our paramedics, and the official opening of the new Peel Regional Paramedic Services Tomken Division," said Amrit Mangat, MPP for Mississauga-Brampton South. "I'm pleased that the Province contributed funds to enable this project to go from blueprints to reality, and to better serve our growing population with enhanced emergency services."
PRPS received a financial contribution of $7.7 million to support the construction of the Tomken station from the Investing in Ontario Act (IOA) as part of the Government of Ontario's long-term infrastructure plan.
"As a socially and fiscally responsible government, we are aligning efforts Region-wide to make the right decisions and deliver the right programs and services to our residents in an efficient, effective and affordable way," said Emil Kolb, Regional Chair and Chief Executive Officer for the Region of Peel. "Partnerships with other levels of government, and programs like the Government of Ontario's long-term infrastructure plan, demonstrate the positive work that can happen in communities when we all work together."
The reporting stations are strategically located in areas with a higher volume of emergency calls, and supported by a dedicated staff that ensures vehicles are cleaned, restocked and readied so Paramedics can be more readily available in the community.
"Our new divisional model is innovative in the delivery of paramedic services and our ability to maintain coverage in the community for much longer periods," said Peter F. Dundas, Chief for Peel Regional Paramedic Services. "Our model has gained interest from our paramedic partners in the province, throughout Canada and around the world. The Region of Peel is known as a leader in pre-hospital care and research primarily because of the great knowledge and skills of our Peel Paramedics."
"Emergency centres like this one are strategic investments in our community's essential emergency response infrastructure," explained Regional Councillor Bonnie Crombie. "This centre provides Ward 5 residents, especially those in the Malton community, with the reassurance that paramedics are not far away and will be there when it is needed most."
The new Tomken facility is co-located with Mississauga Fire and Emergency Services who occupy 8,000 square feet of the building. Another three paramedic reporting stations and associated satellite stations are scheduled for completion across Peel by 2017 as part of a 10-year PRPS Facilities Plan.
Peel Paramedics respond to more than 85,000 emergency medical calls every year. For more information about Peel Regional Paramedic Services, visit peelregion.ca/paramedics or call 905-791-7800, ext. 3956.
The first-ever Honour Guard for Peel Regional Paramedic Services was officially presented to Peter F. Dundas, PRPS Chief at the official opening ceremony for PRPS Tomken Division reporting station. The 40-member volunteer Honour Guard consists of frontline Paramedics and Superintendents from the service.
Jeremy Asselbergs, Peel Regional Paramedic Services' Honour Guard Commander presents the 40-member volunteer PRPS Honour Guard to Peter F. Dundas, PRPS Chief as Emil Kolb, Peel Regional Chair, Amrit Mangat, MPP for Mississauga – Brampton South and David Szwarc, CAO for Peel Region look on.