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B.C.'s Fallen Paramedics Memorial dedication ceremony
PAC
On May 6th, Paramedics and family members of those lost in the Line of Duty, gathered on the south lawn of the British Columbia Legislature for the dedication ceremony of the Fallen Paramedics Memorial.
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Paramedicine Across Canada Expo 2015
PACE 2015
It has been many years since there has been a NATIONAL paramedic educational conference for paramedics. The Paramedic Association of Canada (PAC) Board of Directors decided that the time was right to develop a national conference with the paramedic practitioner and educator in mind. Along with the support of the Alberta College of Paramedics (ACP), the Society of Prehopspital Educators in Canada (SPEC), and the Canadian Armed Forces, PAC has begun to organize a national conference in Edmonton, AB, from Oct. 1-3, 2015.

Be sure to mark your calendars and monitor this site for further information.

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Career opportunities
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Kimberley paramedics remembered
Kimberley Daily Bulletin
It has now been almost exactly nine years since an accident took the lives of two Kimberley Ambulance Paramedics — Kim Weitzel and Shawn Currier — and the two workers they were trying to save — Bob Newcombe and Doug Erickson. Recently, the Fallen Paramedics Memorial was unveiled on the south lawn of the Legislature in Victoria. Attending the ceremony were the families of Shawn Currier and Kim Weitzel, whose names will join eight others, forever remembered as giving their lives in the line of duty.
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Fallen paramedics honoured with memorial at the B.C. Legislature
B.C. Ambulance Service
Recently, the Province of British Columbia is unveiling the Fallen Paramedics Memorial on the south lawn of the legislature. The memorial was funded by B.C. Emergency Health Services and the Ambulance Paramedics of B.C. (CUPE 873). It serves as a tangible reminder of the ultimate sacrifice paid by paramedics who dedicate themselves to helping others. The Fallen Paramedics Memorial joins the law enforcement and fire services memorials, which together honour our emergency responders and remind the public of the danger these men and women face as they work to help save lives.
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Paramedics push for PTSD benefits
AM 980
Paramedics from across the province travelled to the Ontario legislature recently to lobby in support of a private member's bill that would make it easier for them to receive benefits for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Ottawa paramedic Adam Cotsman says the work is extremely rewarding but it can definitely take an emotional toll.
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STARS air ambulance paid back nearly $5 million to Manitoba
CBC News
The STARS air ambulance service has paid back almost $5 million to the Manitoba government in the last two years. The Shock Trauma Air Rescue Society gave the refund because of lower mission volume brought on by a suspension in service, ordered by the province, due to patient safety concerns. That resulted in lower fuel and maintenance costs, and STARS says it has managed the resources prudently.
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One dies in collision between ambulance, SUV in the Montérégie
Montreal Gazette
One person is dead after an ambulance and a sport utility vehicle were involved in a violent accident in Salaberry-de-Valleyfield in the Montérégie. The ambulance and the SUV, which carried three passengers, crashed into each other. One of the passengers in the SUV was killed, while the other two suffered grave injuries said Mélanie Dumaresq, spokesperson for the Sûreté du Québec.
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911 Awards: Paramedic answers the call
Richmond News
Emergencies do not adhere to schedules. That was apparent for Agnes Cayer who took home the award for the B.C. Ambulance/Paramedic Service at this year's 911 Awards in Richmond. While working a shift at Station 250 on Sexsmith Road, Cayer had arrived early for her shift, as she usually does, when she heard a knock at the door. When she opened it, there was a panicked bystander asking for help — a pedestrian had been struck right in front of the station.
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 Paramedicine Research


Preventable deaths following emergency medical dispatch — an audit study
Scandinavian Journal of Trauma, Resuscitation & Emergency Medicine
Call-taker triage of calls to the 112 emergency number can be error-prone because rapid decisions must be made based on limited information. Here we investigated the preventability and common characteristics of same-day deaths among patients who called 112 and were not assigned an ambulance with lights and sirens by the Emergency Medical Communication Centre.
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 In the Media


Chipman, N.B., residents protest ambulance cuts
CTV News
Nearly 100 people in Chipman, N.B., spent time on picket lines, protesting proposed cuts to local ambulance services. The village found out recently the provincial government plans to eliminate one of two ambulances stationed there, citing low usage. "The Government of New Brunswick (was given) information that there was only 175 calls in the Chipman area and it didn't warrant two trucks in the area. But the second truck in Chipman is very seldom in Chipman," said CUPE local president Judy Astle.
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EMS provides city council with update on services
Airdrie City View
Airdrie and the surrounding area are being provided with adequate emergency medical services (EMS) and acceptable ambulance response times, according to Nick Thain, the executive director, EMS Clinical Operations, Calgary Zone. Thain and Donald Allen, the director of Suburban/Rural Clinical Operations, EMS-Calgary Zone, provided Airdrie city council with an annual update recently on issues such as ambulance response times and future plans to improve EMS services in the area.
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Local paramedics recognized for win at national competition
Windsor Star
Two homegrown national paramedic champions were honoured recently by county council. Essex-Windsor Emergency Medical Services Chief Bruce Krauter presented Tricia Rousseau and Chris Kirwan with certificates of recognition and showed off the trophy they brought home. Rousseau and Kirwan, who won the 2015 National Paramedic Competition hosted by the Durham Paramedic Association, were the first-place winners in the advanced care paramedics division.
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Paramedics expect the unexpected every day on the job
Edmonton Journal
As Ben Kenter prepares to mark his first anniversary with the Ottawa Paramedic Service, he says every work day remains as rewarding and challenging as his first shift. "I get my personal satisfaction through being part of a professional team and for having a job well done," adds Kenter, 25, a graduate of the two-year paramedic program at Fanshawe College in London, ON. "And helping people and easing someone's anxieties are bonuses at the end of the day."
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Paramedics help create their own PTSD training in Thunder Bay
CBC News
Thunder Bay paramedic Rob Moquin says he knew something was wrong last summer when he became irritable with his family and was unable to sleep. It happened right after he attended a scene in a high-profile case in Thunder Bay where a child died. Moquin took time off work and sought professional help to deal with what he'd seen. "Anytime we're dealing with children, it's very difficult to process," Moquin said "Bad things aren't supposed to happen to kids."
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New ride for paramedics
Moose Jaw Times Herald
Saskatoon and Regina have deployed them, but shortly, Moose Jaw will also see paramedics cycling along city streets. "It's just a good way to incorporate our services into community events in the summer," said Kyle Sereda, chief of the Moose Jaw and District EMS. "It's difficult for us sometimes to go and walk about the public carrying all of our equipment and being away from the ambulance should we need something. So this was a way of bringing that service to the outdoors."
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