By Adam Brazeau
CORNWALL, Ontario - Taxpayers in Cornwall and the United Counties of SDG will have to cough up $238,783 to improve paramedic response times in rural areas.
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Myles Cassidy (right), Cornwall's chief of emergency medical services (EMS).
Myles Cassidy, Cornwall's chief of emergency medical services (EMS), presented an EMS deployment review to United Counties council at its monthly meeting Tuesday.
The review indicated a new EMS post in Long Sault and additional paramedic response units (paramedics equipped with vehicles) were essential to cut response time to a 12-minute average in the counties.
The overall cost of $477,567 will be split 50 per cent with the province, leaving 29 per cent for counties ratepayers, and the remainder for city residents.
The review was completed by ORH, a U.K.-based consulting firm.
South Stormont Mayor Bryan McGillis says he feels confident Cornwall council will support this initiative.
"The city has a high level of standard in terms of EMS and we're hoping to get equal service," said McGillis.