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Update on the National Occupational Competency Profile Redevelopment Initiative
PAC
The NOCP Steering Committee met on July 20 and 21, 2014 in Saskatoon, SK to continue to move this important initiative forward. Pierre Poirier, the Steering Committee Chair and PAC's Executive Director, welcomed participants and expressed his appreciation for their continued engagement. Chris Hood, PAC's President and Dwayne Forsman, PAC's Chief Administrative Officer reported on their recent trip to Whitehorse, YK, and the meeting of rural and remote paramedic practitioners from across the world.
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Canadian Paramedic Services Standards Report: A Strategic Planning Report
PAC
Paramedic Services are recognized as a core service by municipal and provincial/territorial governments. However in practice, the scope, organization, and responsibilities of individual paramedic units can vary widely from jurisdiction to jurisdiction. The relatively few standards for the Canadian paramedic community have largely been driven by the regulatory process or by U.S. standard-setting bodies, with little engagement from the Canadian paramedic community.
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Career opportunity: ACP Program Leader
PAC
CTS Canadian Career College is seeking an experienced and educated professional to lead their online Advanced Care Paramedic program. Program development is nearing completion and we are seeking a professional who can evaluate the curriculum and give feedback, and provide leadership in the accreditation process and program delivery. The position will begin as a part-time role and evolve into a full-time role. We would prefer the individual to be located in Ontario, Canada, but we are willing to consider strong candidates who can only work this position remotely (from anywhere in the world). While it's not required that you be Canadian, it is imperative that you have extensive experience working in the paramedic field in Canada.
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Video: Chris Hood, PAC President
CBC News
In this video, PAC President, Chris Hood, discusses the topic of advanced care paramedics.
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Toronto EMS to get a makeover
City News
Toronto Emergency Medical Services (EMS) will be getting a makeover, including a name change. Paramedics are essential — and when your life is on the line, you're glad they're there. But who exactly are they? For years now, maybe even decades, there's always been an identity crisis with EMS first responders. Are they ambulance drivers, paramedics, or EMS professionals?
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Lanark County Paramedics plan for the future
The Millstone
The Lanark County Paramedic Service is beginning to look to the future regarding how it will be able to assist a growing seniors population in the County. The number of Ontarians over age 65 is expected to double in the next 20 years, so the paramedic service will be looking at programs that can assist these seniors while building new partnerships with our allied health professionals.

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Medics defend sick time after controversial comments
CKWS-TV
When a call comes in, paramedics don't always know what kind of medical situation awaits them. It's a race against time as they race to assist those in need. Their job is busy, stressful and often dangerous. "We see, hear and smell things in the course of our duties that the average person would be horrified by, if they were exposed to once."

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Is there enough mental health support for first responders?
Global News
As a paramedic responding to emergency calls, Jim Harris says he often saw people going through the "worst day of their life." The former front-line paramedic was on the job for two decades. First responders — police, paramedics, firefighters — come across violence, substance abuse, and severe health emergencies on a day-to-day basis.

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Les paramédicaux au N.-B. pourront jouer un plus grand rôle, promettent les libéraux
Radio-Canada
Le chef du Parti libéral du Nouveau-Brunswick, Brian Gallant, promet de permettre aux paramédicaux de soins avancés d'oeuvrer dans le système provincial de soins de santé. À l'heure actuelle, les lois en vigueur au Nouveau-Brunswick ne permettent pas aux ambulanciers paramédicaux de soins avancés de pratiquer malgré le fait qu'ils sont formés et certifiés dans cette province.
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Report and recommendations of the clinical oversight committee
Dr. Brian Postl via the Government of Manitoba
I have reviewed the material regarding the STARS program and convened five meetings and interviewed many individuals. The goal should be for the STARS service to be used as much as feasible for patient care and to maintain volumes and skills.
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Medicine Hat's new EMS station to serve growing south side
Alberta Health Services
Alberta Health Services' Emergency Medical Services paramedics have a new station to serve the fastest growing part of the city. The new EMS station, located at 3201 13 Ave. S.E., will primarily serve the southern half of the city. It provides larger bays for two ambulances and equipment, comfortable working areas for the crews, and additional office space for support personnel.
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 Paramedicine Research


6th Annual EMS Research Day
Dalhousie University
The organizing committee is accepting abstracts for presentation at our Sixth Annual EMS Research Day. You are invited to submit abstracts no later than noon (Atlantic) on August 15th 2014.

The following formats will be considered for presentation:
• Current/Ongoing EMS/Paramedic Research Projects
• Completed EMS/Paramedic Research Projects.

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Unfit for duty? Evaluation of 4 years of paramedic pre-employment fitness screening test results
National Centers for Biotechnology Information
Pre-employment testing is utilized by many ambulance services. Surprisingly, there is limited published research on the efficacy of this testing in determining an employee's ability to complete the requirements of this physically demanding occupation.
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Pre-hospital end-tidal carbon dioxide differentiates between cardiac and obstructive causes of dyspnoea
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Differentiating between cardiac and obstructive causes for dyspnoea is essential for proper management, but is difficult in the pre-hospital setting. To assess if pre-hospital levels of end-tidal carbon dioxide differed in obstructive compared to cardiac causes of dyspnoea, and could suggest one diagnosis over the other.
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Krauter takes over helm of Essex Windsor EMS
Windsor Star
Bruce Krauter has been appointed chief of Essex Windsor Emergency Medical Services after serving almost five months as the acting chief. Krauter leads a staff of approximately 300 paramedics and support staff who provide emergency medical services to residents of Windsor, Essex County and Pelee Island and deals with an annual gross budget of $36,000,000.
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Ambulance station options examined
Brockville Recorder
A new base for ambulances in the South Grenville area would have great operational advantages, says the United Counties' paramedic chief. The Leeds-Grenville Paramedic Service Department is examining an option that could combine its Prescott and Spencerville locations in a new building in Johnstown.
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STARS beefs up fleet, opens new hangar
News Talk 650 CKOM
STARS Air Ambulance in Saskatoon has added a bigger, faster, state-of-the-art helicopter that will fly longer and rescue more people from disaster. "We can go to places like Nipawin, Lloydminster and Kindersley; we can get from here to those facilities and back without refueling so that's a big game-changer for us," Barry Tolmie, who spent 23 years as a search and rescue pilot with the Canadian military, said.
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'First ones running in'
The Sudbury Star
Every day, dozens of men and women in Greater Sudbury put their lives in danger to make the community a safer and healthier place. Far too often their efforts are overlooked. Sudbury MP Glenn Thibeault sought to change that recently with a barbeque in honour of local emergency services workers.
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Text 911 program coming to Windsor
CBC News
The hearing and speech impaired community will soon have another way to get help in an emergency. As of December of this year, a new text 911 service will be available. Currently, those with hearing or speech impediments can only use a teletypewriter (TTY) to call for help. But those are attached to a land line.
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