Sign In
Skip Navigation LinksSimcoe County > Departments > Paramedic Services > Events and News

Community Events and News

Jane Thanks Image.JPG

During the week of May 27 – June 2nd, we are proud to join in a National Cel­ebraJane.JPGtion of Paramedic Services Week. Paramedics are highly trained, skilled profession­als who apply broad-based expertise, critical thinking, and autonomous decision making in the provision of life saving emergency care to their patients. This very sophisticated role has evolved immensely since its humble beginnings to become a leader across the continuum of health care and con­tinues to advance at a prolific pace.

Dating as far back as 1598 dur­ing the start of London's bubonic plague, communities began to organize ways to deal with the care and transportation of the “sick and dying".

This concept progressed fol­lowing the American Civil War, with the principles of triage used in mobile field hospitals being applied in communities with the development of volunteer life-saving squads and am­bulance corps.

In Ontario, we saw our first organized Ambulance trans­portation in the Town of York (now Toronto) with what was termed the “Cholera Cart" at the time.

 Moving from horse drawn carts to modern day ambulances and seeing emerging technology in medical equipment, advanced assessment and clinical protocols, and even the use of aerial drones; the face of this profession is ever-changing and advancing.

Yours - is a noble profession. Your motives are altruistic and your efforts are precise, compassionate and impactful. Our communities, our families, our lives are safer and stronger because of you.

With great pride I say thank you to our valiant paramedic team.

Sincerely,

Jane

logos.JPG 

 

Rapid Response Units

What are Rapid Response Units (RRUs)?

RRU's are emergency response vehicles used by the County of Simcoe Paramedic Services to get paramedics to you quicker.  The RRU is not a traditional ambulance but a smaller vehicle such as a SUV that can more easily move through traffic and residential areas.  .  These units are staffed with one fully qualified and equipped paramedic who can undertake full paramedic care when they arrive at your emergency.   The RRU has all the same equipment on board, but no stretcher.

Why use RRUs

Traditional ambulances are staffed with two paramedics and transport patients to the hospital.   The transport of patients to the hospital can take the ambulance away their local areas.  They may at times need to spend varying periods of time at the hospital and once able to leave may be assigned another call which may keep them out of their local area for longer periods.  The RRU in contrast can respond to a call, Provide paramedic level care and begin treatment of patients prior to the arrival of the transport ambulance.  The RRU paramedic can transfer care of the patient to the transporting paramedics and remain in the area for the next call. 

Where are they?

You may now be seeing more of these RRU's in your communities as they are deployed to have a local presence and improve response times.  In 2017, the County of Simcoe Paramedic Services deployed RRU’s into Oro-Medonte, Ramara and Tiny Township to compliment the RRU’s already operating in Barrie, Alcona and Penetanguishene.  


Heart and Stroke - New Signs of Stroke Campaign

The Heart and Stroke Foundation (HSF) has recently announced a new and enhanced signs of stroke campaign which encourages Canadians to recognize the signs of stroke and act FAST.

FACE is it drooping?

ARMS can you raise both?

SPEECH is it slurred or jumbled?

TIME to call 9-1-1 right away.

Act FAST because the quicker you act, the more of the person you save.

For information on this campaign please visit, www.heartandstroke.ca/FAST

 


 

 

Service LinksService Links<p> <strong>Legislation & Regulations</strong></p><ul><li><p><a href="http://www.e-laws.gov.on.ca/html/regs/english/elaws_regs_000257_e.htm" target="_blank">Ontario Regulation 257 - The Ambulance Act</a></p></li><li><p><a href="http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/" target="_blank">Health Canada</a></p></li><li><p><a href="http://www.health.gov.on.ca/" target="_blank">Province of Ontario Misistry of Health & Long Term Care</a></p></li><li><p><a href="http://www.simcoehealth.org/" target="_blank">Simcoe County District Health Unit</a></p></li><li><p><a href="http://www.who.int/csr/sars/en" target="_blank">World Health Organization</a></p></li></ul><p> <strong>Associations & Organizations</strong></p><ul><li><p><a href="http://www.paramedicchiefs.ca/" target="_blank">EMS Chiefs of Canada</a></p></li><li><p><a href="http://www.ambulance-transition.com/" target="_blank">Land Ambulance Transition</a></p></li><li><p><a href="http://www.ontarioparamedic.ca/" target="_blank">Ontario Paramedic Association</a></p></li><li><p><a href="http://www.ohri.ca/home.asp" target="_blank">Ottawa Health Research Institute</a></p></li><li><p><a href="http://www.paramedic.ca/" target="_blank">Paramedic Association of Canada</a></p></li><li><p><a href="http://www.safekidscanada.ca/safekidsCanada/" target="_blank">Safe Kids Canada</a></p></li><li><p><a href="http://www.temaconter.com/" target="_blank">The Tema Conter Memorial Fund</a></p></li></ul><p> <strong>Magazines & News</strong></p><ul><li><p><a href="http://www.emsnews.com/" target="_blank">Canadian Emergency News</a></p></li><li><p><a href="http://www.emsmagazine.com/" target="_blank">EMS Magazine</a></p></li><li><p><a href="http://www.fire-ems.net/" target="_blank">Fire-EMS Information Network</a></p></li><li><p><a href="http://www.paramedic.ca/" target="_blank">JEMS Online</a></p></li></ul><p> <strong>EMS Training & Information</strong></p><ul><li><p><a href="http://sunnybrook.ca/international/content/?page=int-centre-tecc-prehosp" target="_blank">Base Hospital Program for County of Simcoe Paramedic Services</a></p></li><li><p><a href="http://www.canadiancareercollege.com/" target="_blank">CTS Canadian Career College</a></p></li><li><p><a href="http://www.ertrescue.com/" target="_blank">Emergency Response Training</a></p></li><li><p><a href="http://www.trauma.org/" target="_blank">Trauma.org</a></p></li><li><p><a href="http://www.emsbooks.com/" target="_blank">Emergency Training Associates</a></p></li><li><p><a href="http://www.e-laws.gov.on.ca/html/regs/english/elaws_regs_000257_e.htm" target="_blank">Ontario Regulations</a></p></li><li><p><a href="http://www.techrescue.org/" target="_blank">Rescue Training Resource and Guide</a></p></li></ul><p> <strong>Medical Training & Information</strong></p><ul><li><p><a href="http://www.cdc.gov/" target="_blank">Centre for Disease Control & Prevention</a></p></li><li><p><a href="http://www.healthopedia.com/" target="_blank">Healthopedia.org</a></p></li><li><p><a href="http://sln.fi.edu/biosci/preview/heartpreview.html" target="_blank">Heart Preview Gallery</a></p></li><li><p><a href="http://medtropolis.com/virtual-body/" target="_blank"> Virtual Body</a></p></li><li><p><a href="http://musom.marshall.edu/" target="_blank">Marshall University School of Medicine</a></p></li><li><p><a href="http://www.southlakeregional.org/Default.aspx?cid=78" target="_blank">The Simcoe/York/Muskoka Regional PCI Project</a></p></li><li><p><a href="http://sln.fi.edu/biosci/" target="_blank">The Heart: Online Exploration</a></p></li><li><p><a href="http://www.eworkshop.on.ca/cfmx/edu/anaphylaxis/" target="_blank">TVO Epi Video</a></p></li></ul><p> <strong>Emergency & Crisis Services</strong></p><ul><li><p><a href="http://www.infosimcoecounty.ca/" target="_blank">211 Simcoe County.ca</a></p></li></ul><strong></strong><p><br> </p>