SELKIRK, MAN. — A new emergency medical services (EMS) facility is being built for Selkirk.
Provincial officials explained the new EMS station will act as an operational home base for paramedics, who throughout their shift are repositioned using a dispatch model informed by computer modelling and predictive deployment. The system is designed to ensure timely emergency response across the region.
Three Way Builders, based out of Steinbach, has started work on the project which is valued at $4.2 million.
The new 7,500-square-foot facility will be built on a greenfield site adjacent to the former Selkirk hospital. Its design will include a six-bay garage, offices, crew quarters and space for paramedic training.
“Paramedics, administrative staff, fellow health-care workers and residents throughout the Interlake–Eastern Regional Health Authority (IERHA) will all benefit from this new facility,” said Ron Janzen, IERHA vice-president of corporate services and chief operating officer of Selkirk Regional Health Centre, in a statement. “Workflow out of this station will be fundamentally enhanced to better support the delivery of emergency medical services regionally and provincially, and to better reflect the capabilities of paramedics and their quality of work.”