May 22-28 is National Paramedic Services Week, a time to reflect on the dedication and resilience of these exceptional first responders serving our communities.
This year’s theme, Faces of Paramedicine, will highlight the diverse and growing range of specialties within the profession.
In addition to responding to approximately 80,000 calls per year, Simcoe County Paramedic Services is evolving its programs and services to meet the needs of our growing communities, aging population and increased demands. Advances include investments in facilities strategically located in Springwater, Bradford, Barrie and Wasaga Beach. The county continues to invest in modern equipment and medical initiatives, including the purchase of electric lift assist devices, increased community paramedic coverage, and medical devices.
Mindful of their role as community mentors, Simcoe County paramedics also continued to provide support to the community through volunteer opportunities including the annual toy drive, community education through programs public relations at camps, schools and events, as well as United Way Simcoe Muskoka drives and shoulder pad programs.
“During my tenure as Warden and County Councilor, I have had the opportunity to speak with many paramedics and celebrate milestones and various announcements,” said Warden George Cornell. “The one thing that always strikes me is the passion our paramedics have for serving our communities and our residents. After all the changes and challenges of the past two years, their commitment, compassion and resilience are truly inspiring. »
Throughout the week of May 22-28, the county will use social media to showcase the many specialties that exist within paramedic medicine, including community paramedics, logistics, fleet, educators and members. of the Incident Response Unit who play a central role in responding to major emergencies.
Paramedic for a day (May 24, 9 a.m.)
Simcoe County Paramedic Services will also recognize the winner of the Paramedic for a Day contest, whose video submission best demonstrates what to do when the first responder is you.