This week, from May 24-30, is Paramedic Services Week in Canada.

This week salutes the paramedics of Canada’s Paramedic Services and celebrates their lifelong dedication to their work that keep Canadians safe every day.

Three generations of EMS in Strasbourg

Three generations of EMS in Strasbourg

Paramedic Services Week provides an opportunity for paramedic services across the country to proudly showcase their profession.

This year’s national theme is Paramedics: Expanding Care.  Whether full-time or part-time, rural or urban, ground, air, or industrial based, in the emergency room or a community emergency center, paramedics across Canada are available and ready to respond to emergencies 24 hours a day, seven days a week.  Adopting innovative programs, such as Community Paramedicine, which is designed to reduce strain on healthcare systems by treating patients in their own homes, truly reflects a paramedic’s expanding care.

As part of the week, awards are being presented to paramedics across the province, including nine from Saskatoon Health Region.

Tim Hillier of MD Ambulance Care will receive his First Bar, while Governor General EMS Exemplary Medals will be presented to Marilyn Allison, Troy Davies, Robert Dziadyk, Brett Hart and Robert Wickenberg of MD Ambulance Care and Gloria Parker of Lanigan and District Ambulance.

Mila Herauf of Watrous EMS will be presented with Stars of Life Award, and Kelly Prime of Midway Ambulance in Wynyard is part of the Parkland Ambulance Response Team that will receive the Stars of Life Team Award.

Ambulance services around the Region are holding special events as part of Paramedic Services week.

Children gather around a paramedic.

Paramedic Dave Mortensen of Humboldt and District Ambulance Service hosts a playschool group on a tour of the ambulance base in Humboldt.

The list of events is as follows:

MD Ambulance in Saskatoon:

  • May 27 – MD Open house. Tours run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and over 500 children are expected to visit.

Humboldt and District Ambulance Services:

  • May 11-22 – Playschool Tours and Introduction to emergency medical services (EMS)
  • May 21 and 28 – Preventing Alcohol and Risk-related Trauma in Youth (PARTY) Program
  • Positive Ticketing Campaign throughout Humboldt for all ages. Be Safe, Be Seen & Get Rewarded!
  • May 24-30 – Paramedic Services Week Prize Give Away Event on Facebook at Humboldt and District Ambulance Service

Rosthern and District Ambulance Care:

  • May 26 – Presentation to Grade 3 classes at Beardy’s and Okemasis Willow Cree First Nation Elementary School and Hague Elementary School.
  • May 28 – Rosthern Community Blood Pressure Clinic at Friesen Bigway Foods from 3 to 4 p.m.

Wakaw and District EMS Ltd.:

  • Paramedics will be serving the breakfast program at Wakaw School for two mornings.
  • Playschool students will come to the base for a tour.
  • Paramedics will host a Bike Rodeo for youth to learn the rules of bike safety.

Lanigan and District Ambulance:

  • May 27 – Paramedic Services Week community barbecue at the Lanigan Fire Hall from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
  • May 27 – holding a blood pressure and blood sugar clinic

LeRoy Ambulance:

  • Recently participated in a Students Against Drinking and Driving (SADD) program at LeRoy School
  • Held First Aid and CPR classes for school students.

Strasbourg EMS:

  • Offering education sessions on what to do if you crash into the water, and selling emergency tools.
  • Celebrating 10 years as Strasbourg EMS. The business was established as Hansen’s Ambulance in 1979 by Harry and Marjorie Hansen. Granddaughter Marjorie and Landon Mohr took over in April 2005 and renamed it Strasbourg EMS.

Midway Ambulance in Wynyard:

  • May 29 – EMS Week barbecue at Co-op Grocery Store Parking lot, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. with proceeds to go to Mallard Industries for musical therapy equipment. All meat donated by the Wynyard Co-op. People will have an opportunity to tour emergency vehicles.

Shamrock Ambulance in Wadena

  • Conducting EMI (emergency medical information) presentations at three different sites.
    • May 25 – Mallard Industries
    • May 26 – Wadena
    • May 27 – Spruce Manor

Watrous and District Ambulance:

  • May 25 – promotion of Vial of Life: a pill bottle stored in fridge with emergency medical and contact information
  • Rural AED Registration – locating/mapping where AEDS are in rural areas within the Region; maintaining and education surrounding AED use for communities
  • Community Safety Net distribution of tribute safety books to the local school, which is part of an annual program sponsored by Watrous and District Ambulance.
  • Presentation on bike safety/helmet clinic at local school
  • May 28 – Weekly visits (10) to Camp Easter Seal begin. Each week, members of the service introduce themselves to the campers, and offer a tour of ambulance
  • June 7 – Biannual Con Ed Day and Staff Appreciation barbecue