Claude Gavin, Island EMS manager for the western P.E.I., points out some of the problems facing his staff at their current location on First Street in Summerside. The company is hoping to have a replacement facility opened by this fall. Colin MacLean/Journal Pioneer
SUMMERSIDE – The Island EMS base on First Street in Summerside is slated for replacement.
Matt Crossman, general manager of Island EMS, confirmed Monday that they are in the process of shopping for a parcel of land in Summerside to build a new facility.
“We’ve been planning to build new stations for our staff in each of our locations and Summerside is first on the docket,” said Crossman.
The current building is several decades old and is no longer suitable for its current purpose, he added.
The station has a combination of heated and unheated bays, one of which is too small to use at all, has insufficient meeting, living and administration space and is not centrally located in the city.
Island EMS has examined several properties but has yet to make a final decision.
Crossman said he hopes to have a piece of land purchased early this spring and expects a grand opening by the fall.
The new facility, which has already been designed, will have more space, will include a training centre, drive-thru bays, more parking and will generally have a more professional look to it, he added.
The current building was built several decades ago and has been repurposed many times.
Once the new building is completed, the current one will go up for sale.
It’s great news for the roughly 40 people who work with Island EMS out of that building, said Claude Gavin, company manager for the western region.
Gavin said news of the impending move has been enthusiastically welcomed by the staff.
“I think it’s great. We’ve just outgrown the other one,” he said.