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Oxford County Hybrid Ambulance Study

On October 26, 2017 Oxford County became the first municipality in Canada to deploy hybrid ambulances.  However, the journey towards this objective began much, much sooner.  On June 24, 2015, Oxford County council set in motion a plan to rely only on 100% renewable energy sources by 2050, and as such became the first municipality in Ontario to commit to the energy target. With the release of the final draft of the Community Sustainability Plan Oxford positively positioned itself to commit to 100%...

Target Engagement & Diversion (TED)

The Ottawa Paramedic Service has experienced a 14% increase in call volume over the past 4 years and continually looks for opportunities to improve the delivery of paramedic resources and services to our community. A particularly challenging population has been the shelter community.  Suffering from substance abuse/addiction, mental health complications and overall poor medical health, the shelter community interacts daily with our paramedics.  They have unique health care needs and may not fit in the regular mold of health care, which...

The Lift Assist Phenomena: An Innovative Solution

In Canada, it is estimated that the proportion of older adults aged 65 years and over will increase from 15.3% in 2013 to approximately 22.9% in 2030. With an increasing number of older adults, the pressure on the health care system will increase consequently placing added demand on paramedic services -- especially through the growing number of non-emergent calls. Forty percent of seniors are expected to fall at least once annually, and 21% of fallers attended to by paramedics visit the...

OAPC 2018 Spring Conference

Registration is now open! Join the OAPC in Toronto for our annual Spring Conference. Register Now!...

Hiring practices to meet todays needs

One of the greatest challenges in Rural and Remote services has always been staffing our services. This is not a new issue, yet with the continual increase in demands for services in EMS, this has become a very prevalent one. Along with the need for increased numbers of staff we run into the issues surrounding the increased expectations from all involved. Paramedics are now expected to do more than ever before, but at the same time as providers we have...