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Local Veteran Paramedics team up with Project Journey

OPP to bring lifesaving training and assistance to Pikangikum first nation community.

County of Simcoe paramedics Dan Hearn, Scott Silverberg, Art Nolan and Mark Collins are joining OPP Sergeant Chris Amell on November 5-9 to travel to Pikangikum, a First Nations community 500 kms North of Thunder Bay where they will engage with school groups to talk about the paramedic profession and provide first aid, CPR and defibrillator training.  

Project Journey is coordinated by OPP Sergeant Chris Amell of the Pikangikum First Nation's OPP detachment. This project has received funding by the Public Safety Canada and the Ontario Provincial Police with a mission to deliver much needed services and training to this community at risk. 

Simcoe County Paramedic Dan Hearn states "We are all very excited and humbled by the opportunity to travel to this remote community and serve them in any way we can."

"These paramedics are taking their own time to travel and give any assistance they can.  They are an inspiration to us in their desire and commitment to help others"; says County of Simcoe Paramedic Services Director and Chief Andrew Robert.

Supporting the effort is local business people Roger and Deb Hennig of Action First Aid with the donation of 2 automatic external defibrillators as well as first aid kits and training materials.



Pre-hospital Pediatric Symposium

Thursday, November 16, 2017 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Simcoe County Museum

Paramedicine has been traditionally influenced by adult emergency medicine with pediatrics making up less than 10 per cent of daily 911 call volume. However, for most Paramedics, pediatrics make up about 90% of their ‘difficult’ calls.

The County of Simcoe Paramedic Services is pleased to host a unique educational opportunity to learn about paediatrics from paediatric specialists.

The conference is open to all levels of Paramedics as well as Paramedicine students.

The course has been approved by various base hospitals for Continuing Education points.

Register early as space is limited!


EXTERNAL REGISTRANTS: Visit to register. A fee of $15 will apply.

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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,




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