Sidney, B.C.; Town Council has approved a long-term lease agreement with BC Emergency Health Services (BCEHS) for the co-location of an ambulance station at the new Community Safety Building being constructed near Eighth Street and Bevan Avenue.
Mayor Steve Price stated, “Keeping the ambulance station in town to serve our residents has been one of the motivating factors in pursuing a new Community Safety Building. The Town is happy to provide a new, custom-built, post-disaster building for use by BC Emergency Health Services, knowing that they will be here for the long-term.”
The lease agreement includes an initial term of 20 years, with 4 renewal options that could double the term to 40 years. BC Ambulance paramedics will be moving in shortly after completion of the Community Safety Building, which is scheduled for early 2019.
“We’re extremely excited to be moving into a facility that’s built to our needs,” said BCEHS’s Lance Stephenson.
Stephenson, BCEHS’s area director for patient care delivery on Vancouver Island, says this is Vancouver Island’s first purposely built joint facility for fire and emergency health services use. “It’s great to see a building with the future in mind,” said Stephenson. “It really is ideal.”
BCEHS will make annual lease payments for their portion of the Community Safety Building, ensuring cost recovery for the Town of Sidney.