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Paramedic Services

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DEPARTMENT ORGANIZATION

Director of Emergency Services/Chief, Paramedic Services - Linda Rockwood
Deputy Chief Paramedic Services – Cliff Eggleton
Commanders, Paramedic Services - Mike Grosz, Mike Crawley, Jeff Sager, Chris Keyser, Scott Rutherford
Quality Assurance Commander, Paramedic Services - Julie Jeffery
Paramedic Services Administration Clerk – Suzanne Campbell
Primary Care Paramedic -  (50 Full Time and 40 Part Time)

HISTORY

Perth County Paramedic Services responds to approximately 10,000 calls for service per year. There are 7 staffed ambulances on duty at 5 stations during the day and 6 staffed ambulances at 5 stations during the night. The Paramedic Services fleet also includes 3 spare ambulances, 2 supervisor response vehicles and an emergency support trailer.

Ambulance stations are located in the City of Stratford (leased from the hospital, needing replacement), the Town of St Marys (new in 2008 County owned), Listowel (1988 County owned), Mitchell (new in 2010 County owned) and Milverton (new in 2005 County owned). The Paramedic Services Headquarters are located in Stratford in offices leased from Festival Hydro. A building committee is currently planning a new Paramedic Services Headquarters / Station in east end of Stratford.

The labour board ruled that the downloading of the ambulance service was considered a sale of business and as a result the County inherited its first unionized employees who belong to CUPE local 4514. The working relationship has been a positive one with the current 3 year collective agreement reached in 2010.

In 2010 as a result of a review of County departments the Emergency Management Coordination moved to report to the Emergency Services Director and both areas merged to form Perth County Emergency Services department.

ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Provide Emergency Medical Care and transportation as per Provincial Ambulance Act, Regulations and Standards.
  • To provide high quality and effective emergency medical services, patient transportation, and to promote disaster-resiliency.
  • County paramedics provide emergency medical care and treatment under the direction and license of the South Western Ontario Base Hospital Program, located at London Health Sciences. Perth County Paramedic’s Medical Director is Dr. Don Eby who is located in Owen Sound.
  • Our Primary Care paramedics provide our patients with symptom relief through the use of 7 drugs (epinephrine, nitroglycerin, ASA, glucagon, ventolin, benadryl and gravol) and provide patient cardiac monitoring and defibrillation through the use of a defibrillator.
  • Perth County paramedics are also certified in Intravenous therapy and 12 lead ECG acquisitions (the ability to diagnose certain heart attacks in the field).

UP-AND-COMING

  • Construction of new Heaquarters / Paramedic Services station in Stratford
  • Introductions of STEMI bypass system (taking heart attach victims straight to cardiac hospitals in Kitchener or London)
National EMS Stem Cell Challenge
  1. Press Release - Perth County Paramedics Join The National EMS Stem Cell Challenge
  2. Press Release - Perth Paramedics Need the Public to help save 800 lives
  3. National EMS Stem Cell Challenge Flyer
  4. National EMS Stem Cell Challenge - What is OneMatch and FAQ's
  5. EMS Supporting Sunshine Kids