New location for Waterford ambulance coming soon
Elected officials moved closer to choosing a site for a new ambulance station in Waterford following a closed-door meeting Tuesday night.
Few details were released after councillors returned to the chambers.
More will be revealed in a followup report from county staff that will come to council by the middle of next month.
Sarah Townsend, Norfolk's manager of EMS, confirmed, however, the county has narrowed its potential sites from a list of three and is moving closer to finalizing a deal.
“We've moved in the direction of following one option,” Townsend said in an interview.
“I'm very pleased with the resolution. It's been four years in the making. Paramedics are looking forward to moving forward.”
Town hall approved spending $500,000 to get a new site for Waterford back in 2012.
Right now, Norfolk's ambulance crew use an upstairs room at the Waterford fire hall.
It is considered to be too small and management has health and safety concerns about paramedics using the “big steel staircase,” Townsend said.
Response time, she added, is also an issue as valuable seconds are lost as paramedics go down the stairs and across the firehall floor to the other side of the building to get to the ambulance.
Increased space is a consideration for a new site but so is geographical location, Townsend noted.
The ambulance needs to have quick access to main intersections in the town as well as arterial roads, including roads leading to surrounding communities such as Villa Nova that will be served by the station.
At one time, Waterford was served by a single “day car” ambulance with paramedics in the town only during the day.
About two years ago, council approved 24-hour service for Waterford and its surrounding communities.
A full report on the new site will “likely” come to council on Oct. 17, Townsend said.