Manitoba

New emergency services facility coming to Selkirk, Man.

Plans are in the works to bring a new emergency services facility to Selkirk, Man., based on recommendations from seven years ago.

$4.2-million build will include 6-bay garage, crew quarters, offices, training spaces, says province

Construction on the new Selkirk emergency facility, a design of which is seen here, is expected to begin this week. (Supplied by the Manitoba government)

Plans are in the works to bring a new emergency services facility to Selkirk, Man., based on recommendations from seven years ago.

The $4.2-million build is expected to get underway Thursday, the province said in a statement Wednesday. Three Way Builders, based in Steinbach, will carry out construction.

The proposed 7,500-square-foot facility will be built across from the Selkirk hospital and include a six-bay garage, crew quarters, offices and training spaces, the province said in a statement.

The station will serve as a base for paramedics servicing the Interlake city of about 10,000 and surrounding communities.

Paramedics, support staff and people living in the Interlake-Eastern Regional Health Authority will all benefit from the new site, said Ron Janzen, vice-president of corporate services for the health authority.

Ron Janzen is vice-president of corporate services for the IERHA and chief operating officer of Selkirk Regional Health Centre. (Travis Golby/CBC)

"That is very critical infrastructure and very critical support to people in times when their lives depend on it," said Janzen, who is also chief operating officer of Selkirk Regional Health Centre, in a statement on Wednesday

"Workflow out of this station will be fundamentally enhanced to better support the delivery of emergency medical services."

The new build was recommended in 2013 in a review of Manitoba emergency services, Health Minister Cameron Friesen said. Another facility, the Selkirk Regional Health Centre, opened in 2017.

Paramedics have been working out of the old Selkirk hospital for the past 3½ years. About 3,500 transports happen out of the current Selkirk emergency service department annually, said Janzen.

A floor plan for the facility shows six loading bays, office and training spaces and more, that will be included in the building. (Supplied by the Manitoba government)

Despite serving as a home base, most paramedics will only be at the new facility at the beginning and end of their shifts, said Louise Alarie, regional director of EMS for Shared Health.

In between those hours, paramedics will travel around the area using a flexible dispatch model based on computer modelling and predictive deployment to cut down on emergency response times, said Alarie.

"This essentially creates zone coverage for the entire Interlake-Eastern region, ensuring that there's no matter where calls are coming from, paramedics are in the right spot to provide emergency response services in a timely fashion," Alarie said.

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