In a week dedicated to celebrating paramedics, it’s only fitting that this year’s theme for Paramedic Services Week is “Celebrating Success.”
And they have a lot to celebrate. This year, the Provincial Emergency Medical Services Awards, taking place at Government House in Regina, are recognizing eight paramedics with between 20 to 40 years of exemplary service, as well as those emergency medical personnel who responded to the Humboldt Broncos tragedy on April 6, 2018 and others who have delivered exemplary service throughout their careers.
“Paramedics are an integral part of any health care team but paramedics aren’t relegated to just one area,” says Sherri Julé, Director of Emergency Medical Service North, Saskatchewan Health Authority. “We have paramedics providing exceptional care in our ground ambulances, air ambulances, fire and addiction services, industrial and community care, policing, correctional centres and in long-term care home, personal residences and personal/private care homes.”
Paramedics also provide a variety of educational programming in communities to enhance safety and promote health. Education programs vary and may include teaching school children when and how to call 9-1-1, CPR training to new or expecting parents, and home safety for seniors.
The week of May 27 to June 2, 2019 is Paramedic Services Week.