As the transitional population increases nearly ten-fold during the summer months in Muskoka the need for additional emergency services has been heeded by the District. Two new ambulance units, fully stocked and staffed will go into operation this Friday.

“Community safety and access to emergency health services is a significant priority for the District,” said John Klinck in a press release from District of Muskoka. “These new enhanced services in our busy summer months will help ensure residents and visitors to Muskoka have access to the care they need when and where they need it.”

One will work out of Bracebridge to help improve response performance across the District. The second unit will be based in Huntsville with a mandate to support communities in the east end of Muskoka, in places like Dwight, Hillside, Dorset and Baysville.

Huntsville/Lake of Bays Fire Deputy Chief Gary Monahan says it is an appropriate response to the nearly double-digit increase in service requests in the summer period.

“The enhanced vehicles and hours are a welcomed addition as we experience a 25% increase in requests for service during this time period. MPS appreciates the approval and support of District Council,” said Jeff McWilliam, Chief of Muskoka Paramedic Services. “Working with the Ontario Provincial Police Huntsville Detachment and the Huntsville Lake of Bays Fire Department, we identified locations for paramedics to use while they are deployed in east Muskoka.

“Both services have generously offered the use of fire stations and an OPP Community Policing Office to provide paramedics with space they need to be able to effectively provide this enhanced seasonal coverage.”