Plans to create an integrated emergency services complex at Northern College are looking bright.
President of Northern College Fred Gibbons made a presentation to city hall last night explaining why this is important to include in next years budget.
The plan would be to combine all services to one central hub to upgrade services and equipment and save money. With the added benefit of having a faster response time as the new location would be right on the highway.
Also, Gibbons pointed out that the integrated complex of fire and ambulance has the ability to increase the rate of retention of young people in the community who want to pursue emergency services training.
Councillor Pat Bamford said this project would bring volunteers, professionals, and students to the community.
Meanwhile, Councillor John Curley said if we don't do this the city will have huge costs of upgrading the current buildings.
Construction of the new facility would cost an estimated $7.8 million.
Meanwhile, the annual savings would be over $202, 500.
Gibbons says it would likely take about 15 to 24 months to construct.
Mayor Tom Laughren said the city has already started to lobby for this last week when the ministers were here for the Northern Summit.