Significant progress on construction of Trent Hills EMS Base—on track to be operational by mid-2020

Trent Hills Emergency Services Base during construction

Cobourg, ON – December 3, 2019 – Construction of a new Emergency Services Base in downtown Campbellford remains on track to be completed by mid-2020. This facility — a joint initiative between the Municipality of Trent Hills and Northumberland County— will include space for both Northumberland Paramedics as well as the Trent Hills Fire Department, and will also include the Trent Hills Council Chambers and Emergency Operations Centre.

Strategically located in the downtown core, paramedic and fire service officials anticipate improved public safety through easier access to the community’s urban centre. Efficiencies in facility operations are also expected, as a result of a shared cost model between the municipality and the County.

“We are looking forward to the new Trent Hills Emergency Services Base being fully operational by next summer,” states Trent Hills Mayor and County Councillor Bob Crate. “This is a modern facility for our Council Chambers and first responders while at the same time designed specifically to fit with the look and feel of our historic downtown.”

Mayor Crate further elaborates: “While some concern was expressed about impacts to parking in the downtown core, we were able to limit the loss of parking spaces through careful building design. With a reduction of only three parking spaces overall, and staff continuing to explore opportunities to add additional spaces in this area, there will continue to be plenty of parking for all those who wish to visit Campbellford’s wonderful downtown.

Ultimately, this investment establishes a critical presence for emergency response resources in our urban area, ensuring our residents will continue to receive quick and effective aid during an emergency as our community grows. We look forward to welcoming the community to the grand opening in 2020.”

In April 2019, representatives from the Municipality of Trent Hills and Northumberland County broke ground at the site of the new facility. Since then, there has been significant progress in construction, with the full structure taking shape. Exterior and structural work including brickwork, blockwork, insulation, wall board installation and plumbing are nearly complete. In the new year, the focus of construction will shift to interior work and final touches.

“This facility allows our upper and lower-tier municipalities to combine resources for efficient delivery of essential services,” states Acting County Warden Bob Sanderson. “As an additional benefit, this shared space will also encourage collaborative relationship-building between our first responders who work closely together in the field — which, in turn, will ensure a more seamless emergency response service for residents. County Council is very pleased with the progress on this facility; it will be a vital community resource.”

For more information, visit Northumberland.ca/TrentHillsBase.