Paramedic base station moving to Deep River
Director of development and property for the County of Renfrew
Renfrew County will be moving its land ambulance station from Chalk River to Deep River.
The Town of Laurentian Hills learned Wednesday that the county’s development and property committee has voted to build a new home for the ambulance base station which services the North Renfrew corridor.
Construction at the proposed site adjacent to the Deep River District Hospital on Banting Drive could begin this summer. Paul Moreau, director of development and property, informed the health committee that an offer to purchase the land will be signed once county council approves the authorizing bylaw.
Then a request for proposals would be issued for tenders. No price tag has been placed on the project.
“There are a number of hurdles that we have to get through,” said Moreau.
In 2011, the majority of code three and code four calls, those to non-life threatening and life-threatening emergencies respectively, came from Deep River. In total, Deep River received 447 calls, while Laurentian Hills received 298. Currently, the station is housed inside the Laurentian Hills fire station in Chalk River off Highway 17.
“It’s been a temporary situation for the last eight or nine years,” said Laurentian Hills Mayor Dick Rabishaw, adding the station should be in a more centralized location to better serve all residents of North Renfrew. “It’s a good thing and we’ll have our fire hall back and still be covered in our area.”
Killaloe, Hagarty and Richards Mayor Janice Visneskie said the move is a positive development.
“We were very happy with what we had. We were renting but now it is time to provide a building for the residents in that end of the county,” she said.
Sean Chase is a Daily Observer multimedia journalist