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14 Aug Survivor Day, more than just a meet and greet

On June 1, 2018, Essex Windsor EMS (EWEMS) hosted their 8th Annual Survivor Day. We are proud of this event and it continues to grow and foster into a larger and fuller afternoon each subsequent year. Prior to 2010, EWEMS did have survivor “connections”, in which a survivor would contact the service and ask to meet those paramedics that had “saved” their life. This connection would be arranged by a Professional Standards Captain, having the crew attend a base, meet...

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09 Jul Norfolk -Special Events Planning for Friday the 13th

Norfolk County is a large, mainly rural, area of 1600 sq. km. on the north shore of Lake Erie.  With a current population of approximately 62,000 residents, Norfolk County continues to attract new residents and visitors to its pristine beaches, wineries, breweries, restaurants and tourist activities.  Norfolk County EMS provides paramedic services to the entire County, with six ambulance bases, eleven ambulances, three ERV’s, an ESU and a RAV (rapid access vehicle).  In addition, robust community paramedicine program, public access...

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23 Apr 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%...

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09 Apr 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...

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05 Mar 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...

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