New four-bay ambulance station for Wabasca-Desmarais

Katrina Owens
Lakeside Leader

This just in from Alberta Health Services (AHS): a new emergency medical services (EMS) station is up and running in the Wabasca- Desmarais area.
The Leader received a media release last week regarding the $3.1 million, four-bay station.
“The new station is something we know the community has been waiting a long time for,” said Sarah Hoffman, Minister of Health. “We are listening to their concerns as we work to make life better for families in Wabasca- Desmarais.”
The new station was funded through the Alberta government’s infrastructure maintenance program.
“This new station is going to nicely streamline our EMS operations in Wabasca-Desmarais,” says Greg Cummings, AHS Chief Zone Officer, North Zone. “Having EMS staff and their equipment closer together in a modern facility will meet the local and surrounding communities’ needs, now and in the future.”
Construction on the station began around a year ago and was recently completed (and we hear on budget and on schedule). According to the AHS media release, ‘The new facility will better support EMS staff so they can provide the best possible service in the community. It also offers modern, comfortable lodgings for EMS crews.’
“Everyone benefits from reliable and timely emergency medical services but they are especially crucial to those living, working or travelling in more remote regions,” says Darren Sandbeck, AHS Senior Provincial Director and Chief Paramedic, EMS. “We’re glad that this new station is open; it’s an investment in our EMS teams and the service they provide.”
The space being previously used by EMS workers in the Wabasca-Desmarais Healthcare Centre is being used as a permanent space for occupational therapy, physiotherapy, staff education and training opportunities.

(l. to r.) Blaine Barody, Marcel Auger, Marian Wolitski, Colin Piquette, Ernie Grach, Rob Barone, Gregory Cummings, Dr. Kevin Worry, and Darren Longstaff join in the ribbon-cutting on the new facility.

 

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