Watrous welcomes new emergency medical services base
Paramedics in central Saskatchewan have a new place to call home.
On the south-east corner of the Watrous District Health Complex, a new Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) emergency medical services (EMS) base has been constructed after nearly a year of planning, hard work and community support.
“We are thrilled to open this base as it brings our staffing and resources under one roof,” said Jody Lundy, SHA Deputy Chief and EMS Operations Manager – Central. “Now, more than ever, we’re ready to serve the community of Watrous and beyond more efficiently.”
The base will feature two main bays to house existing ambulances, along with a separate third bay for the storage of a spare ambulance, which support neighbouring areas should they require assistance. Additionally, it houses an office, for a dedicated workspace for EMS staff as well as a training room for skill development. The base also includes a new residential suite, equipped with a kitchen, two bedrooms, and a bathroom to provide a comfortable and convenient place for out of town staff.
One advantage of this new facility is its impact on response times. Previously, EMS staff reported to work at the hospital, while their ambulances were stored at the fire hall. When an emergency call came in, they had to travel to the fire hall to initiate their response. With the base located on hospital property, staff no longer have that travel time, with the facility ensuring EMS equipment and supplies are readily available when needed.
"Having all of our equipment and fleet under one roof, in close proximity to the hospital, enables us to respond in a timely manner when our hospital or community needs us,” said Mila Herauf, SHA EMS coordinator.
This base would not be possible without the support of the Watrous Health Foundation. Their donation of approximately $17,500 has made it possible to furnish the facility with the necessary items to support a productive working and living environment for the EMS team.