Surrey and White Rock firefighters make joint donation of $500,000 to new emergency department

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

The fire departments of both Surrey and White Rock have collaborated on a monumental gift to Peace Arch Hospital, donating $500,000 to the new emergency department breaking ground later this year.  In recognition of their generosity and commitment to a hospital that serves both of their communities, the waiting area of the new Mental Health and Substance Abuse Zone, as well as the seclusion room and quiet/consultation room will be named in their honours.

“The White Rock Fire Fighters Charity Association and Surrey Fire Fighters Charitable Society are committed to identifying the needs and making a difference in their communities,” said Mike McNamara, Surrey Fire Fighters Association President.

“As first responders, firefighters see firsthand the void in resources the medical system needs to provide a healthier community,” said White Rock Fire Fighters Charity Association President, Scott Booth. “The much needed expansion of Peace Arch Hospital will serve the needs of the citizens in both White Rock and Surrey.”

As the population of White Rock and South Surrey increases, the number of patients requiring mental health treatment increases accordingly. The expansion of Peace Arch Hospital’s ER facilities, and the creation of a dedicated Mental

Health Treatment and Substance Abuse Zone, will help ensure medical staff can provide a higher level of care for mental health patients, many of whom are the most vulnerable and sensitive patients encountered at the hospital.

“This incredible gift from the Surrey and White Rock firefighters supports our community’s need for mental health services,” said Stephanie Beck, Executive Director of Peace Arch Hospital & Community Health Foundation. “The philanthropy and partnership demonstrated from both fire departments is a wonderful example of our two cities working together for a healthier community for all.”