| Oct 17, 2013

It has been in place and in service since June, but it was not until October 9 last week that politicians, Emergency Services officials, and senior staff from Lennox and Addington County had an opportunity to officially open their new Northbrook base.

The cost to build the 3,143 square foot base, which includes crew quarters, a training room, an office, two drive-through garage bays and a back-up generator, was $1.3 million.

Although Lannox and Addington Chief Administrative Officer Larry Keech said that the base was built “on time and on budget” the price was much higher than had been originally anticipated.

At first L&A Council put aside $1.2 million for the new base and two new ambulances (which can cost between $110,000 and $135,000 each). The $1.3 million budget came later.

Keech said that the new base represents a long-term commitment by L&A County to maintain a 24-hour a day ambulance service in Northbrook.

“We are extremely pleased to have the new Northbrook Ambulance Base operational,” stated Doug Bearance, warden of the County of Lennox & Addington. “This beautiful new facility provides a vital service for residents of the northern part of our county and of neighbouring municipalities as well.”

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