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The calendar year is coming to a close, and PAC would like to wish its members, partners and other industry professionals a very safe and happy holiday season.

As we reflect on the news and events that helped shape 2014, we would like to offer PAC eNews subscribers a look at the most-read news stories from their publication. That means, over the next two weeks, we'll count down the Top 20 articles for the year!

Your regular news publication will resume on Thursday, January 8, 2015.




20. Is there enough mental health support for first responders?
Global News
July 24, 2014: 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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19. Paramedic Association of Canada Strategic Plan 2014-2016
PAC
Feb. 13, 2014: The PAC Executive will be guided by three goals in the period of 2014-2016. These goals have been established to provide guidance to staff for the preparation of annual operational plans and budgets for the Board's consideration and to provide a framework within which progress will be assessed. This strategic plan has been reviewed and renewed annually for the past eight years. The strategic plan provides a credible road-map for a national organization operated and managed by a small cadre of volunteers.
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18. Letter: Firefighters no match for medics
North Shore News
Sept. 4, 2014: I truly hope Mrs. Strom is recovering comfortably after having fallen down a flight of stairs and suffered injuries. What a terrifying and painful experience that must have been for her and her family. I know I'd be frustrated if she were my mother or grandmother. As a paramedic, I see first-hand the shortage of ambulances at the street level on a daily basis and agree with Brian Leavold that there is a dire need to enhance the current complement of existing ambulances and crews in the Lower Mainland.
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17. Man's death prompts calls for defibrillators in restaurants
CBC News
March 6, 2014: The family of an elderly man who died of an apparent heart attack after collapsing at a Winnipeg McDonald's restaurant, as well as the people who tried to save him, say they want defibrillators in restaurants. Dave Pineau says he was with his family — celebrating his four-year-old son's birthday — at a McDonald's in the city's Southdale neighbourhood on Friday when they saw 90-year-old Charles Bryant Hodge collapse inside the restaurant.
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16. Toronto EMS to get a makeover
City News
July 31, 2014: 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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15. Paramedic beats the odds, spending 4 decades in high-stress job
Hamilton Spectator
May 22, 2014: In a career where most people last only a handful of years, Lorne Hart lasted more than 40. The 66-year-old officially retired as a paramedic this month after 44 years in the ambulance business. When his career began in Simcoe, he was an ambulance driver paid by the call — the money was collected from the patient. The primary objective was to drive fast.
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14. Family wants advanced-care paramedics after daughter seized in ambulance for 41 minutes
Global News
July 3, 2014: A New Brunswick family is speaking out after they learned a paramedic who responded to their 911 call was trained to do more but couldn't because of provincial regulation. Chelsey LeBlanc's daughter Amelia was 18 months old when she had her first seizure. "She was turning blue, and then purple, and was convulsing," LeBlanc said in an interview with Global News.
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13. Bus crash triggered cascading emergency response (with video)
The Vancouver Sun
Sept. 4, 2014: For three hours, Sue Gordon watched as a massive rescue operation unfolded after a tour bus carrying 56 people flipped on the Coquihalla Highway recently. As she was getting ready to continue her trip home to Tsawwassen, she bent down to pull off a bloody piece of paper that had blown against her leg. Flipping it over, she could see it was an ambulance dispatch order. It read 3:05 pm.
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12. Why community paramedicine saves both money and lives
The Globe and Mail
Feb. 20, 2014: Imagine if, instead of transporting patients to hospital, where they will sit for hours in the emergency department waiting for minor — and often routine — treatments, paramedics treated them in their homes. It seems like an eminently sensible approach, but the idea is only now starting to take hold.
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11. Band councillor dies after 1-hour B.C. ambulance delay
CBC News
Aug. 14, 2014: A northern B.C. band councillor, in the remote community of Haida Gwaii, is dead after a heart attack recently and his doctor is criticizing the hour it took for his ambulance to arrive. In a two-page letter, Dr. Tracy Morton details the call he overheard being dispatched to the home of Skidegate, B.C. band councillor, Godfrey Williams Jr.
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