Ornge, the provider of transport medicine services for Ontario, announced the opening of a new satellite medical helicopter base at the Oshawa Municipal Airport later this year. The new facility, which will operate 24 hours a day 7 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, twenty four hour fuel service, and radar coverage to 3000 feet.
“Oshawa is truly open for business and strikes gold, or should I say Ornge,” said John Henry, Mayor of Oshawa. “Yes, the world’s leading innovator in the field of transport medicine, Ornge, now includes the Oshawa Municipal Airport as their latest base of operation in Ontario. Where seconds mean saving lives, the Oshawa base will provide critical life saving service for our community, our region and Southeastern Ontario. Welcome Ornge to Oshawa, your new home.”
In the coming months, a hangar at the Oshawa Municipal Airport will be renovated for transport medicine purposes. The official opening date has not yet been determined. Updates will be provided as they become available. Southeastern Ontario will also continue to be served by the Ornge critical care land ambulance base in Peterborough and rotor bases in Ottawa and Hamilton.
The opening of the satellite rotor base will complement the Ornge Transport Medicine Centre of Excellence, which will open at the Hamilton International Airport this fall. This facility, which is currently undergoing renovations, will be equipped to accommodate both rotor wing and fixed wing aircraft.