Gordon Kirk

Langford ambulance and dispatch centre first of its kind in B.C.

The new ambulance dispatch centre, station and training facility on Leigh Road was celebrated Sept. 25.

Hot on the heels of its grand opening, the new ambulance dispatch centre, station and training facility on Leigh Road was celebrated Sept. 25.

The new facility is a first of its kind for BC Ambulance Service, built specifically for dispatch and ambulance operations. Some of the unique features include 33 kilometres of cable to support the dispatch operations systems, removable floor for maintenance purposes and separate areas designed for paramedic and dispatcher training.

“We have multiple consoles that we look after,” said Gordon Kirk, director of dispatch for B.C. Emergency Health Services. “We have the mapping (and) information about the calls, as well as screens that come up that give instructions that are given to the caller on the phone about how to save a life. … We are  getting the actual caller to be the first responder.”

Officials tout the Leigh Road site as a good fit for emergency response, close to the interchange providing speedy access to Highway 1.

“When you think about the community the real comfort is knowing (the emergency responders) are fast and close by,” said Coun. Lillian Szpak, protective services chair. “We are also thrilled at the dozens and dozens of jobs here.”

The centre receives 3,800 emergency calls per year and employs 35 full- and part-time employees.

Just Posted

More than a million square feet of rental units proposed for downtown Victoria development

The Harris Green development is proposed to take over two large lots on Yates Street

Trend to convert lawns to meadows and gardens reaches Oak Bay

Front yard ‘food production,’ a piece of the puzzle

UVic researchers develop industry-changing ‘hyper-glue’

‘Cross-linking’ technology already playing a role in performance body armour

Greater Victoria sees lowest rainfall numbers for November in decades

Only a third of the expected rainfall was seen across the Capital Region

Esquimalt Celebration of Lights ‘switches on’ Christmas for 14th year

Free community events draws hundreds for parade, entertainment and visits with Santa

VIDEO: A brief history of bumps in the Trudeau-Trump relationship

Remember Peter Navarro saying ‘there’s a special place in hell’ for a foreign leader who aims to cheat?

POLL: Will you be donating to charities over the holiday season?

Many here in Victoria joined others around the world to take part… Continue reading

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers wanted list for the week of Dec. 3

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

Vancouver Island town to star in new Syfy series: Resident Alien

Ladysmith will play the role of Patience, Colorado in the series

Half of shoppers say they have no holiday spending budget

B.C. consumers surveyed estimate they will spend $921 this season

Opening day delayed at Mount Washington

Dec. 6 was set as opening day but will now be delayed due to lack of snow.

Province begins forfeiture of Shawnigan contaminated soil site

The forfeiture proceedings do not impact the closure plan for the landfill site

Man killed in crash due to ‘absolutely treacherous’ conditions on Coquihalla

Winter means icy roads are dangerous and drivers should be careful, RCMP say

Former Burns Lake mayor gets two years for sexual assaults against minors

The Crown is seeking four to six years federal time; the defence wants 18 months in provincial jail

Most Read