Emergency Medical Services master plan prepares for next decade of growth
York Regional Council today approved York Region’s first Emergency Medical Services (EMS) 10-year plan to meet increasing demand during rapid population growth. Using future projections, York Region developed the innovative EMS 10-Year Resources and Facilities Master Plan to make best use of staff, vehicles and stations over the next decade.
“The EMS master plan is a strategic tool that aligns York Region’s resources with growing patient demand, expected to increase 48 per cent by 2021,” said York Region Chairman and CEO Bill Fisch. “This innovative and proactive plan ensures York Region is prepared to meet the emergency medical care needs of our diverse and rapidly-growing population in the years ahead.”
EMS call volume is expected to increase substantially over the next 20 years due to York Region’s growing and aging population. The plan sets out a target date of 2021 to achieve key goals.
Highlights of the EMS 10-Year plan include:
• Building six new EMS stations to replace five existing leased facilities
• Introducing four new EMS stations, raising the total number of EMS stations to 25 by 2021
• Ensuring every municipality in York Region has between one and five EMS stations by 2021
In order to maintain current response time levels, a 43-per cent increase in weekly staffing hours is needed to meet 2021 demand.
“Demand for paramedic services is growing at a faster rate than population,” said City of Markham Deputy Mayor Jack Heath, Chair of the Region’s Community and Health Services Committee. “Health emergencies touch all of our lives, and this plan will help safeguard York Region residents, families and visitors.”
A copy of the (EMS) 10-Year Resources and Facilities Master Plan can be viewed online at www.york.ca
York Region’s team of more than 410 paramedics provide emergency medical response and pre-hospital care to York Region residents and visitors 24 hours a day, seven days a week. In 2011, York Region EMS paramedics responded to more than 73,000 calls for assistance, an average of one call every seven minutes.
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