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February 9, 2004
New Emergency Services station opened in northeast Scarborough
Toronto's paramedics and firefighters are opening their new shared station in
Scarborough today to enhance emergency services to Scarborough's growing
northeast neighbourhoods.

The new facility, to be known as Toronto Fire Station 212 / Toronto EMS 25
Station, is located on Sheppard Avenue East, between Morningside Ave and
Meadowvale Drive, just east of the water tower.

Fire Chief William Stewart states, "The new station places Fire Services
strategically in the northeast portion of the City to offer fire protection,
fire prevention and emergency services to meet the diverse needs of the
community. We are committed to enhancing fire safety and raising community
awareness through education and involvement. The station will be very busy in
offering fire prevention inspections, public education events in the area, and
fire life safety protection."

"This new station represents a substantial service enhancement in northeast
Scarborough," said Toronto EMS Chief Bruce Farr. "Growing neighbourhoods
require increased emergency medical coverage.

Paramedics have serviced this area with mobile units since our water tower
station closed, now we'll have regular ambulances and emergency response units
operating out of EMS 25 Station."

The shared infrastructure includes heating, ventilation and air conditioning
(HVAC) systems and emergency backup power generators. Shared staff facilities
include kitchen space, washrooms and an exercise room.

The EMS side features a decontamination room for cleaning medical equipment, as
well as an oxygen room. The Fire Services side includes a bunker coat storage
area, fire prevention offices, and training space for staff. This shared
facility means that this joint venture provides good value for the taxpayers.

The joint station was developed out of recommendations of the 1998 KPMG
Consulting study of services in the newly amalgamated City of Toronto. The
study recommended a joint Fire/EMS station to respond to the planned growth of
northeast Scarborough. Today's 2 p.m. official opening is the realization of
that vision of providing cost-effective services to high-growth areas.

Media contacts:
Larry Roberts
Toronto EMS

Stephan Powell
Toronto Fire Services



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