News — 03 January 2012

By Ally Dunham

The District of Kenora Areas Unincorporated Ratepayers Association (DOKURA) has submitted a resolution to Kenora District Services Board (KDSB) and the Machin municipal council, to request an ambulance base be built in the Municipality of Machin.

The request states, “At the recent annual general meeting of our association, the response times of the land ambulance services in the Vermilion Bay/Highway 17 (to Kenora) corridor and the unincorporated areas was discussed.

Our membership is very concerned that the closest ambulance is in Dryden and the response times to situations that occur is at best over a half hour. While we appreciate the fact that the first responders in Vermilion Bay area are very dedicated and responds as fast as possible, we know they are unable to transport any patient to the needed medical care.”

The resolution passed by DOKURA on August 27, 2011 states, “Be it resolved that DOKURA recommends the establishment of a land ambulance base in the Municipality of Machin to serve the Highway 17 corridor and the ratepayers of the Municipality of Machin and surrounding unincorporated areas in a timely manner.”

No response has been offered by KDSB at this time, and will be brought forward to a future board meeting.



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Chris Marchand is a native of Dryden, Ontario. He served his first newspaper internship at The Dryden Observer in 1998 while attending journalism studies at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops B.C. He's worked desks as both reporter and editor at the Fernie Free Press as well as filled the role of sports editor at the Cranbrook Daily Townsman. Marchand was named editor of the Dryden Observer in Aug. 2009.

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