November 2, 2005

York Region officially opens York Regional Police station

NEW FACILITY INCLUDES 7,500 sq. ft. YORK REGION EMS STATION
 
NEWMARKET – The Regional Municipality of York held a ribbon-cutting ceremony yesterday to officially open the new York Regional Police station in the Town of Richmond Hill.
 
The three-storey building is the District 2 Station for York Regional Police and the Richmond Hill Paramedic Response Station for York Region Emergency Medical Services (EMS).
 
“This new station enables York Region to continue to provide superior-quality policing and emergency medical services,” said Regional Chair and CEO Bill Fisch.  “York Regional Council is committed to ensure these human services are in place to support a safe, caring and healthy community and contribute to a high quality of life.”
 
The District 2 Station is home to 180 police officers and civilian staff who help serve the residents of southern York Region.  The police station occupies 32,000-square feet of the facility that sits on 2.9 acres of land.
 
“As we continue to welcome new residents and our communities become increasingly diverse, our priorities are greater police involvement and partnerships,” said Town of Richmond Hill Regional Councillor David Barrow, Chair of the York Region Police Services Board.  “This state-of-the-art facility supports police and community representatives as they address the safety needs of the community.”
 
“Sharing a common facility like this will help build an excellent partnership,” said City of Vaughan Regional Councillor Joyce Frustaglio, Chair of the Region’s Health and EMS Committee.  “I would like to thank our police and EMS teams for their continuous efforts to come to the aid of individuals and communities in times of crisis -- quickly, responsively, compassionately and professionally.”
 
The six-bay EMS Paramedic Response Station houses three ambulances, one paramedic response unit and 22 paramedics. Located at 171 Major Mackenzie Drive West in Richmond Hill, the new facility is across the street from the fire station and close to York Central Hospital.

“The men and women of York Regional Police have committed themselves to fostering a better understanding between our service and the citizens we serve,” said York Regional Police Chief Armand La Barge.  “This new facility will be a place where we open lines of communication, volunteering within the community, engaging members of the community in the decision making process of our service and establishing new partnerships that will serve us now and in the future.”
 
“The central location works well for our teams who work together to provide timely and coordinated coverage of the entire Region,” said Brad Meekin, York Region EMS General Manager.  “We also anticipate an increase in the number of calls, particularly in the southern portion of the Region, and this new facility enables us to expand EMS services to meet that demand.”
 
For more information on The Regional Municipality of York, the services we offer and links to our nine area municipalities, please visit our Web site at www.york.ca 
 
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Contact:   Tim Paleczny, Corporate Communications Services, York Region
Phone: (905) 830-4444 or (416) 297-9696, Ext. 1238
Email: tim.paleczny@york.ca
 
Constable Roman Santos, Media Officer, York Regional Police
Toll Free Phone: 1 (866) 876-5423
Email:  1311@police.york.on.ca

 
 
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