July 8, 2011, Mississauga, Ont. - Ornge, the provider of transport medicine services for Ontario, announced this week the opening of a new satellite medical helicopter base at the Oshawa Municipal Airport later this year.
The facility, which will operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week, will be the home to Ornge paramedics, pilots and a new, state-of-the-art AW139 medically equipped helicopter, providing critical care transport to patients throughout southeastern Ontario and throughout the province.
"Ornge continuously strives to improve care for Ontario patients, and this new operation will help us enhance our coverage throughout this region," said Tom Lepine, chief operating officer for Ornge. "A Southeastern base has always been in our long term vision, and we are delighted to be able to open this facility sooner than expected."
After a thorough review of operational, aviation and economic factors, the Oshawa Municipal Airport was the clear choice for the location of the new Ornge base. It offers a number of amenities essential to the effective delivery of service, including a NAV Canada control tower, nearby fire rescue with a two-minute response time, 24-hour fuel service, and radar coverage to 3,000 feet.
In the coming months, a hangar at the Oshawa Municipal Airport will be renovated for transport medicine purposes.