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The Princess Royal's Banner
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The Paramedic Association of Canada is honoured to participate as Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal, Princess Anne presents The Princess Royal's Banner to the Royal Canadian Medical Service.

Her Royal Highness (HRH) The Princess Royal, Princess Anne, on a private visit to Ontario will be visiting The Grey & Simcoe Foresters, the Royal Canadian Medical Service (RCMS), and the Communications and Electronics Branch as their Colonel-in-Chief in Barrie, Borden and Kingston respectively. There will be joint welcoming events with the cities of Barrie and Kingston during her visit.
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Alberta paramedic joins International Resuscitation Forum
Alberta College of Paramedics
One of the province's best-known paramedicine researchers will contribute to the world's leading authority on advanced resuscitation and first aid guidelines. Ian Blanchard, MSc., EMT-P, joins the International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation, a forum that brings together principal organizations from across the globe to review the latest scientific research surrounding resuscitation and first aid, build consensus and enhance procedures that guide training and professional practice.
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Paramedics' visits with seniors cut emergency room trips
McMaster University
A McMaster University-led pilot project has found weekly visits by two paramedics to a seniors' home cuts EMS calls by up to a third. The study was presented recently at the Canadian Cardiovascular Congress by Dr. Gina Agarwal, associate professor in the Department of Family Medicine of the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine at McMaster. She led the Cardiovascular Health Awareness Program EMS pilot project at a subsidized housing complex in Hamilton with about 280 residents, predominantly low-income seniors.
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Prehospital anaesthesia performed by physician/critical care paramedic teams in a major trauma network in the U.K.
Emergency Medicine Journal
In the West Midlands region of the U.K., delivery of pre-hospital care has been remodelled through introduction of a 24-Hour Medical Emergency Response Incident Team (MERIT). Teams including physicians and critical care paramedics are deployed to incidents on land-based and helicopter-based platforms. Clinical practice, including delivery of rapid sequence induction of anaesthesia, is underpinned by standard operating procedures. This study describes the first 12 months experience of prehospital RSI in the MERIT scheme in the West Midlands.
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Paying tribute to Ontario's fallen
Government of Ontario
Ontario paid tribute recently to first responders who lost their lives protecting their fellow citizens. Premier Kathleen Wynne joined the families of seven firefighters, one police officer, four paramedics and one air ambulance pilot at a special ceremony at Queen's Park. The Premier presented family members with Tribute to the Fallen plaques and thanked them for their strength and courage in keeping alive the legacy of their loved ones.
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Pilot project saves senior's life and cuts ambulance calls
Hamilton Spectator
Cyril Hunt would have died if a McMaster University-led pilot project hadn't started providing paramedic visits to seniors living at a Hamilton housing complex. "I wouldn't be here today — it's as simple as that," the now 77-year-old says looking back on that day last year. "They're the best thing to ever happen to this place."
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Rick Mercer Report: Rick at the Paramedic Academy
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Rick visits the Justice Institute of British Columbia in Kelowna, B.C. to train as a paramedic.
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Cape St. George ambulance service upgraded to full-time
The Western Star
The Cape St. George Ambulance Service now has 24-hour paramedicine coverage with the addition of another practicing paramedic. The recent addition of paramedic Crystal Benoit means it can operate a full-time service. Prior to this the ambulance service at Cape St. George just had one paramedic on staff, Nadine Tallack, so when she was off duty, primary-care paramedic intercepts were necessary.
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Chatham-Kent 911 calls for help on the increase
Chatham Daily News
Outsourcing some of Chatham-Kent's emergency communication services would require more investigation to determine a true cost comparison, the Chatham-Kent police services board was told recently. Sheri Oliphant, manager of the emergency communication centre, presented a four-page report outlining the history of the service, call volumes and a private-sector provider.
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Gruesome Halloween decorations are prompting 911 calls
Digital Journal
Several years ago, adults began taking a greater interest in Halloween, wanting to do more than just hand out candy and apples. Thus was born the "larger than life" Halloween tableau. And the scenes being created have grown more realistic, gruesome and bloody. This year, police in the U.K have been getting calls from concerned citizens and parents of young children, complaining of Halloween decorations that were too scary and frightening.

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City combining EMS, fire services to 'achieve common goals'
Northern Life
When Greater Sudbury Fire Chief Danny Stack retires in December, the city will appoint Trevor Bain as executive deputy chief of Fire and Paramedic Services. He will report directly to the chief of Emergency Services. "The new appointment comes as part of direction from city council to move emergency services toward an integrated service delivery model that brings together two services (Emergency Medical Services and Fire) to achieve common goals," said Tim Beadman, chief of Emergency Services.

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A report on matters related to emergency 911 services
CRTC
On December 17, 2012, the Commission issued Telecom Notice of Consultation 2012-686, announcing my appointment as Inquiry Officer to conduct a review of matters related to emergency 911 services. As described in the Notice of Consultation, the purpose of the review was to focus on three broad areas...

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Regina coping with ER doctor shortage
CBC News
A Qu'Appelle Health Region team is trying to recruit more emergency doctors from the United Kingdom to make up for the shortage in Regina hospitals. Doctors in the city are working on their days off and taking on extra hours, but the health region said this can't go on forever. "They're taking on sometimes more than I'd like to see them take on for their own wellness," said Glen Perchie, executive director for emergency, EMS and ambulatory care.
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STARS attempts landing near hospital
Global News
There was a rare, if not unprecedented, sight in Saskatoon recently. STARS air ambulance was carrying a critical care patient and time was of the essence. A request was made to set up a landing area as close as possible to Royal University Hospital. Police and fire crews blocked off the intersection at Hospital and College Drives while the helicopter circled overhead. The landing did not go ahead as the pilot wasn’t comfortable with the landing spot.
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Lethbridge to donate ambulance
Lethbridge Herald
For an ambulance, it's an unusually long run. City council agreed recently to donate one of the city's recently retired ambulances to an unspecified community in Mexico, as part of a long-running act of charity. The vehicle will be one of five southern Alberta donations to a group of Rotary clubs in coastal Mexico, in a goodwill "Los Amigos" program co-ordinated by the Sunrise Rotary Club of Lethbridge.
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