A new facility to house paramedics, train and educate them, host a logistics division, and a decontamination facility is all part of the 46,000 sq. ft. multi-function facility that will be available to Middlesex-London EMS in the near future.
A groundbreaking ceremony was held Friday afternoon at the construction site, on Adelaide St. south just north of the 401.
The facility will cost an estimated $14.25-million, which is all being put forward by the County of Middlesex.
Middlesex-London EMS Chief Neal Roberts (pictured at left) said the building will be state of the art.
“As paramedicine continues to evolve and grow, and some of the areas that we’ve learned, most recently with the ebola crisis, is decontamination of vehicles, so this facility will be able to accommodate that,” he said. “Better processes for disinfecting and cleaning vehicles, and making sure we’re consistent in those approaches. The ability to ensure that we have the latest technology for training for our staff through simulation rooms, to ensure that our paramedics who, day in and day out, provide the best possible care, receive the best possible training, to ensure that the public is always best served.”
Roberts said he was “really excited” about the building, which will finish the majority of its construction in November 2017.
Friday’s ceremony was attended by Middlesex County Warden Jim Maudsley (far right), as well as Mayor Matt Brown and London North Centre MPP Deb Matthews.
Paramedic operations out of Meg Dr. will also be moved to the new facility.
The building is being “overbuilt” to allow for growth over the next 20 years.
“We’re estimating that it’ll approximately be about 35-50 people with administration, support staff, as well as paramedics, but the ability for it to grow in future years.”
Middlesex-London EMS employs more than 280 people and responds to nearly 80,000 emergency calls every year.