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Celebrate National Paramedic Services Week

May 28 to June 3

Midhurst/May 16, 2017 – May 28 to June 3, 2017 is National Paramedic Services Week and activities are scheduled throughout Simcoe County to recognize and celebrate the dedication of our front line Paramedic Services personnel.

The celebrations start with the swearing in of our the Honourary Paramedic for a Day contest winner, Heidi Flood, a Grade 5 student from St. Paul's Catholic School, on May 23, 2017 during County Council.

Heidi's essay was chosen from over 60 essays submitted by local Grade 5 and 6 students who entered the annual writing contest. Heidi will receive a certificate, first aid bag, and stethoscope and will spend the day with a County of Simcoe paramedic crew learning about the job. This will include touring a paramedic station, meeting with police and fire personnel to learn how emergency services work together, and assisting paramedics as they perform a mock exercise.

"This is always a great week and we look forward to kicking it all off by swearing in Heidi as our honourary Paramedic for a Day," said Warden Gerry Marshall. "The vital role of our paramedics extends far beyond 9-1-1 medical response. County of Simcoe Paramedic Services provides community based programs, training and educational initiatives that help save lives. Join me in thanking all our amazing paramedics for their many contributions to our communities."

Paramedic Services Week Events and Photo Opportunities:

 

Paramedic for a Day Swearing-In Ceremony
When: Tuesday, May 23, 2017 - 9 a.m. (beginning of County Council)
Location: County of Simcoe Administration Centre
County of Simcoe Paramedic Services will be swearing in the Honourary Paramedic for a Day contest winner, Heidi Flood, a Grade 5 student from St. Paul's Catholic School. Heidi will take part in a number of activities throughout the day.

Meet the Fleet Day
When: Saturday, May 27, 2017 - 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Location: Simcoe County Museum
This is a family-friendly event, where residents will be provided with tours of our Paramedic Services vehicles, including ambulances, rapid response units, mobile command unit, UTV, public access defibrillator vehicle and more. Staff will be on-site to answer questions, lead tours and educate the public about the field of Paramedic Services.

Mall Display
When: Wednesday, May 31, 2017
Location: Georgian Mall, Barrie
Residents can learn more about Paramedic Services through ambulance tours, equipment displays and demonstrations as well as information on our Public Access Defibrillation (PAD) program information, File of Life and Community Paramedicine initiatives.

Stretcher Push – Supporting Radio for Cardiology
When: Thursday, June 1, 2017
County of Simcoe Paramedics will push a stretcher from Midland to Midhurst to raise money and awareness for the Radio for Cardiology campaign. This charitable event is being run in partnership with Larche Communications Inc. Donations will be accepted at key locations throughout the run including the Gateway to Elmvale and at the County of Simcoe Administration Centre. The route will be as follows:

  • 5:45 a.m. start at 104.1 The DOCK – 355 Cranston Crescent, Midland
  • Hwy. 12 west
  • Hwy. 93 south
  • Hwy. 27 west/south to Elmvale (estimated arrival at Gateway to Elmvale
  • 11 a.m.-12 p.m.)
  • 4-5 p.m. estimated arrival at County of Simcoe Administration Centre - 1110 Hwy. 26, Midhurst

Follow along on Twitter @SimcoeCountyPS using hashtags #paramedicpush and #R4C

Save a Life CPR Day in Partnership with the Heart and Stoke Foundation
When: Saturday, June 3, 2017 - 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Location: Lampman Lane Community Centre, Barrie 
Free to the public CPR/AED training session. To register visit www.simcoe.ca/cpr

County of Simcoe is composed of sixteen member municipalities and provides crucial public services to County residents in addition to providing paramedic and social services to the separated cities of Barrie and Orillia. Visit our website at simcoe.ca.

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Contacts:

Allan Greenwood
Director, Corporate Communications 
705-726-9300 ext. 1230
705-794-9301 (mobile) 
Allan.Greenwood@simcoe.ca

Collin Matanowitsch
Communications Co-ordinator
705-726-9300 ext. 1430
705-734-8386 (mobile)
Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca