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Paramedic Services breaks ground on new headquarters

Photo by Mark Douglas - 570 NEWS

Ground was broken today on a new headquarters in the north end for Region of Waterloo Paramedic Services.

The new headquarters to be built on Erbs Road, on land already owned by the Region, will allow dozens of ambulances to better service half the population.

The 48,500 sq. ft. building is going up next to the Waterloo Region Emergency Services Training and Research Centre on 1001 Erbs Rd.

The new facility will cost about $20-million to build and equip, and is set to open in the Fall of 2019.

Robert Crossan, Deputy Chief with Region of Waterloo Paramedic Services tells 570 News this is the perfect location for them.

“We’re a fair distance away from our Maple Grove location, it’s easy access for staff and for crews when they leave and come back, when they clear the hospital to get back here at the end of their shift. You know we are paying out overtime for staff to drive all the way back, you know how HWY 8 can get, so you know it just makes sense for us to be out here.”

Crossan says the 120 Maple Grove Road headquarters in Cambridge is currently “bursting at the seams.”

“Currently we have 35 ambulances and 8 paramedic response units, we don’t have space to store that many vehicles at our current location. This station would be able to store 28 ambulances inside that will see us a good 15 years of capacity.”

Part of the Paramedic Services Master Plan is to add more ambulances to their service over the next 10 years.