At the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, Saskatchewan had 284 licensed ambulances available through all of Emergency Medical Services (EMS) in Saskatchewan. But was that going to be enough to handle additional emergencies, patient transports or other critical transport needs if our COVID-19 numbers spiked? The simple answer was no.
“We needed to build in ambulance capacity province-wide – not just in our SHA EMS teams, but all EMS teams – so that we could respond to community needs anywhere in the province.” said Dale Backlin, Logistics Chief, SHA EMS Incident Command Centre. “We did our homework and found eight suitable ambulance units for re-sale; six in New Brunswick and two in Ontario. The additional units have undergone safety inspections and are awaiting a few key pieces of equipment before they are ready for deployment.”
This project has been made possible through collaboration between the SHA, contracted Emergency Medical Services and the Saskatchewan Ministry of Health. This working group has also created an innovative $0 lease program allowing the ambulance units to be easily re-deployed anywhere they are needed in the province.
Dale added, “We are well equipped to deal with any COVID-19 surges we might see in the months to come. We are fortunate to have such a dedicated team of EMS providers ready to protect the health and safety of the residents of Saskatchewan.”
The refurbished ambulance