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Canadian Safety and Security Program
Government of Canada
The public safety and security landscape continues to evolve at a rate that requires us to constantly adapt and re-align priorities to ensure that we have the best tools and knowledge to respond to existing and emerging challenges. The collaboration efforts featured in our CSSP Connect newsletter are great examples of how we continue to adapt to change by supporting projects from a broad range of public safety and security domains. Your efforts demonstrate the value in bringing together the best minds from government, industry and academia, and play a significant role in keeping the lives and livelihoods of Canadians safe.
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Programme Canadien pour la Sûrete et la Sécurité
Gouvernement du Canada
Le contexte de la sûreté et de la sécurité publique continue de changer à un rythme qui nous force à adapter et à réorienter constamment les priorités afin d'avoir les meilleurs outils et la meilleure information pour réagir aux défis actuels et émergents. Les efforts de collaboration présentés dans notre bulletin PCSS Connecte sont d'excellents exemples de la manière dont nous poursuivons notre adaptation en soutenant des projets en matière de sûreté et de sécurité publique liés à une vaste gamme de domaines. Vos efforts, qui illustrent la valeur ajoutée que l'on obtient quand on réunit les esprits les plus brillants du gouvernement, de l'industrie et des universités, jouent un rôle considérable dans la protection de la vie et des moyens de subsistance des Canadiens.
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Important survey: On use of technologies
PAC
The Paramedic Association of Canada is partnering with the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police, the Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs, Paramedic Chiefs of Canada, and the Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance (CATA) to conduct a survey that will allow us to identify how broadly and effectively Canadian First Responders are using existing technology, and to gauge which technologies will be important in the near and mid-term.
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Doc: Ambulance response times not hitting previous targets 30 per cent of the time
Global News
Alberta Health Services data obtained by Global News through a freedom of information request has revealed ambulance response times to life-threatening emergency calls were longer than nine minutes over 30 per cent of the time between July 1 and Dec. 31, 2014. Global News requested response times for all "echo" level calls within both the Calgary and Edmonton zones. According to dispatch protocol, calls are designated "echo" level if a patient is experiencing an allergic reaction, having trouble breathing, in cardiac arrest, choking, being electrocuted or if they are unconscious.
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Mission mayor: Ambulance wait times fatal
Mission City Record
There have been at least two residents who have died while waiting for an ambulance in Mission, says Mayor Randy Hawes. According to Hawes, the most recent incident happened recently. Because of confidentiality issues, he did not elaborate on the situation, but said the spouse of the victim questions whether her husband would be alive today if she brought him to the hospital herself rather than wait more than 30 minutes for an ambulance.
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Paramedic warns St. Paul's Hospital closure may risk lives in emergencies
Straight.com
Downtown Vancouver might become a really bad place to have a medical emergency. For one, the province has closed the only ambulance station in the downtown core. At present, paramedics leaving St. Paul's Hospital on Burrard Street after bringing in patients are dispatched to emergencies in the area. With St. Paul's planned relocation to East Vancouver, the chance that there will be an available ambulance in the downtown core during an emergency is practically nil.
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Edmonton paramedic hits roadblock returning to work after PTSD treatment
Global News
After six years as a paramedic, David McAllister started to notice changes in his demeanour. "Nightmares, hyper-vigilance to sounds and things like that," McAllister recalls. "I've never really been an anxious person and I started having anxiety attacks at work, I'd have them at home — I wasn't able to sleep," McAllister recalls. An aggressive outburst in front of his young daughter made him seek help from a psychologist.
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NDP slams Alberta ambulance delays
Edmonton Sun
The Alberta NDP is raising concerns about a rise in ambulance "red alerts" in Edmonton and Calgary but the health minister says the opposition is just fear-mongering for votes.

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I called for an ambulance and a fire truck showed up
Guelph Mercury
If someone in your neighbourhood has a serious asthma attack and calls 911, a fire truck and four firefighters will show up. And we all wonder why. Can you imagine calling for a taxi and having a city bus pull up at your front door?

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Curbing the high cost of highway medicine in Manitoba
ChrisD.ca
Across southwestern Manitoba, rural medicine is changing. Most communities are desperately short of family physicians and many people have to travel out of town to see a doctor.

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Frequent callers to the ambulance service: Patient profiling and impact of case management on patient utilization of the ambulance service
Emergency Medicine Journal
A minority of patients make frequent and excessive calls to the ambulance service, placing a significant burden on limited resources at a time when demand on urgent and emergency care systems is steadily increasing. Little is known about the reasons underlying frequent caller behaviour or the best way to manage this group of patients.
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A research study of ambulance operations and best practice considerations for emergency medical services personnel
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
The emergency medical services (EMS) community faces many challenges in providing patient care while maintaining the safety of their patients and themselves. One factor that influences patient care and safety is the ability of the EMS provider operating the ambulance to quickly but safely maneuver to the site of the medical emergency and subsequently transport the patient(s) to the hospital.
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Poster presentation: Implementation of chain of survival initiatives to improve pre-hospital return of spontaneous circulation rates
Pre-Hospital Research
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Guelph emergency services introduce a lifesaving fridge magnet
Guelph Mercury
In an emergency situation, first responders often need quick access to a patient's medical history in order to best come to their aid. The Guelph-Wellington Emergency Medical Service has recently launched a new in-home safety tool to help responders get this information faster. The new program, called File of Life, is a revamped version of the well established program called Vial of Life.
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Saskatoon paramedics see gun, knife violence up close
CBC News
Troy Davies knows all about knife and gun violence in Saskatoon. Davies is the councillor for Ward 4, which encompasses six west-side neighbourhoods. Two of the city's shootings this year have happened in his ward. And, he's also a senior paramedic and Director of Public Affairs for MD Ambulance. Davies said he noticed the city getting visibly more violent about a decade ago. It got bad enough that paramedics were ordered to start wearing bulletproof vests on the job.
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Calgary city council mulls supplemental first response vehicles to reduce number of fire trucks tied up on medical calls
Calgary Sun
Ambulances for the ambulance system? It almost sounds cute, if a plan to supply the Calgary Fire Department with its own special Medical Response Units wasn't certain to cost city taxpayers big bucks, only six years after the province promised to pay for all EMS coverage in Alberta. A steady increase in medical calls since the 2009 takeover of Calgary ambulance system means health emergencies now account for fully half of the fire department's calls — and with EMS reportedly struggling at times to provide coverage to the city, fire engines and firefighters are often kept from responding elsewhere.
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Man claims ambulance bill included trip made by another patient
The StarPhoenix
A Saskatchewan man says his $1,200 ambulance bill included charges for a return trip that was also used to transfer another patient. Calvin Vollet said an ambulance took him from Regina to Saskatoon when there were complications during a kidney procedure. Vollet said the ambulance picked up another patient in Saskatoon before returning to Regina, but he was still charged for 75 per cent of the trip. If the other patient hadn't been picked up, he would have been charged for the entire return trip, he said.
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Minister's 'steak night' idea to pay ambulance bill is panned by NDP
CBC News
The Opposition NDP expressed anger recently at the notion that a family facing a large ambulance bill consider a steak night fundraiser to cover the cost. Sara Bucsis-Gunn's daughter died in 2013. The family owes thousands of dollars in ambulance fees. When she discussed the issue with Greg Ottenbreit, Saskatchewan's Minister of Rural and Remote Health suggested she hold a steak night to help raise money to pay the bill.
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