Around 100 people from Watrous and area celebrated EMS week at a barbecue on May 26. It was coordinated by Watrous and District Ambulance Services, Fire Services and the RCMP. Money was raised at the event to support Watrous Hospital palliative care. The company was wonderful and the food was delicious! And there was lots to learn about safety and community paramedicine at the EMS displays and the roll-over simulator. As part of the week’s celebrations, Watrous EMS held a seminar on calling 911 and getting up from a fall.

Some aspiring paramedics tour an ambulance with Primary Care Paramedic Andrew Matheson  (behind the mesh) at Watrous EMS Week celebrations.  The Watrous and District Ambulance Service is owned and operated by Saskatoon Health Region.

Some aspiring paramedics tour an ambulance with Primary Care Paramedic Andrew Matheson
(behind the mesh) at Watrous EMS Week celebrations.
The Watrous and District Ambulance Service is owned and operated by Saskatoon Health Region.

Watrous paramedics are actively involved in their community through paramedicine which involves holding educational events as well as working with RNs at Watrous wellness clinics to provide hands-on care such as checking blood pressure and heart rates and being a familiar face for residents. “Seeing an ambulance outside a building doesn’t mean someone is hurt or sick,” says paramedic Kassy Janzen. “We are in the community so we can provide health care as part of the health-care team in Watrous. And that often means we are doing preventive work, not only responding to emergencies.”