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New ambulance station opens at Whitehorse General Hospital

The new station houses two ambulance crews and the Yukon Emergency Response Co-ordination Centre.

Station was relocated due to $72M hospital renovations

The ambulance station at Whitehorse General Hospital was rebuilt because of the renovations to the hospital. (Steve Hossack/CBC)

A new ambulance station at the Whitehorse General Hospital has opened. 

The station was relocated to make room for the hospital's new emergency department, which is currently under construction.

The new building houses the ambulance crews and the Yukon Emergency Response Co-ordination Centre.

Justice Minister Brad Cathers was filling in for Community Services Minister Currie Dixon. (Steve Hossack/CBC)

Brad Cathers with the Yukon government said the dispatch centre got many upgrades.

"The improvement in the dispatch centre is a real highlight of this building's design, from soundproofing to advance telecommunications equipment and better computer technology."

Cathers said the station can accommodate two operational crews 24 hours a day, seven days a week. 

In addition to its new building, Yukon Emergency Medical Services also received two new ambulances in February.

One is at the new station and the other is based at the ambulance station at the top of Two Mile Hill.

The government said the expansion project at the hospital will cost about $72 million. 

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