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Comox ambulance annex improving response times

Despite an increase in ambulance calls in the town, the director of operations for BC Ambulance said the inclusion of the Comox ambulance annex has improved response times.

Located below Comox council chambers, the annex hosts an ambulance during daytime, weekday hours and was "a very strategic move for both sides to come together and provide the annex," explained Bob Gallaher.

He said because of an increase in population, call volume has increased about 20 per cent, from 713 out-of-hospital events in 2004/2005 to 1,177 in 2012/2013.

Gallaher attributes the annex with providing a one-minute improvement in response times.

Going forward, he said he is looking at way to improve the utilization of the annex within the next couple of months.

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Council received their first look at the draft 2014 to 2018 capital plan Wednesday at their committee of the whole meeting, highlighting some of the major new projects coming forward.

One of the largest projects on the list includes marina improvements ($50,000 in 2014, $30,000 in 2015 and $30,000 in 2018) that were recommended by the marina survey report.

Other projects include a new greenway from Nootka to Somenos via Salish Park in 2015; resurfacing Birch Avenue; Wallace Avenue widening and sidewalk to facilitate subdivision at 335 Anderton and Torrence Road resurfacing and sidewalk in conjunction with construction at public works yard this year.

Coun. Tom Grant suggested council examine removing $50,000 from the community works funds for the water meter program and put the funds toward the marina enhancement project.

After sparking some debate between councillors, Mayor Paul Ives said the issue will probably be something council will have to bring to the table, and could be considered in the context of the capital plan.

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