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Paramedic Association of Canada Strategic Plan
The Paramedic Association of Canada (PAC) is a voluntary professional organization of paramedicine practitioners. The PAC's mission is to advance the profession throughout Canada. The PAC will also promote collegiality and advocate for the professional interests of paramedic practitioners.

Founded in June 1988, as the Canadian Society of Ambulance Personnel (CSAP), the PAC is the national voice of paramedicine, which supports paramedicine practitioners in providing high quality health care to patients. The CSAP was renamed the Paramedic Association of Canada in 1997. The PAC represents over 14,000 paramedicine practitioners across Canada. Principally, each member belongs to a provincial chapter and/or the Canadian Forces.
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Paramedic Association of Canada — Annual General Meeting
The 2013 Paramedic Association of Canada Annual General Meeting will be held in Vancouver, B.C. at the Fairmont Hotel, Nov. 24 at 9:00 am.

Agenda items:

Election — President's position

Special Guest — Doug Socha, Paramedic Portfolio Manager, Centre for Security Science Defence Research and Development Canada

NOCP — Update on the NOCP renewal process

This year's AGM is being held in conjunction with the Canadian Interoperability Technology Interest Group Workshop Nov. 24–27.

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New 526-kilometre bike ride honours fallen paramedics
Metro News
Bicyclists from Canada and the U.S. rode into town recently after a grueling 526-kilometre ride to commemorate Canadian paramedics who died in the line of duty. "Everybody's ecstatic," said Martin Masse, one of the riders and a public information officer with Ottawa Paramedics. "W've had some weather extremes. We rode for seven hours in the rain, from start to end," he added.
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Cyclists raise money for Ottawa paramedics monument
Ottawa Sun
Cycling through frigid rain and wind along Lake Ontario was a test of physical and mental endurance for Susan Brayshaw and dozens of other cyclists recently. Brayshaw kept focus on the paramedics they were on the road to support. "It was nothing compared to what our medics have gone through in their last moments," Brayshaw said after the group of cyclists made their last strides up Laurier Avenue to Ottawa City Hall, completing over 500 kilometres of biking.
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 Paramedicine Research

CREMS meeting research group summary
Researchers, academics, clinicians, operators and other stakeholders assembled to discuss evaluation and research to expand the evidence base supporting paramedic referral programs in Ontario. The over-arching task for this group was to explore, specifically as it relates to referral programs, strategies toward ensuring evidence-based best practices. In an effort to address these gaps and support the development of evidence based best practices, this research group identified five key actionable recommendations.
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Mobile phone emergency alert system to be tested in U.K.
BBC News
A system that sends emergency alerts to mobile phones within areas affected by flooding, industrial accidents or other local risks is to be tested in the U.K. Government pilots in Easingwold, North Yorkshire, Leiston, Suffolk, and Glasgow city centre will evaluate how the public react to the alerts. Up to 50,000 people will receive messages marked as a test this autumn. The U.S., the Netherlands and Australia use a similar system, but one expert said it could be targeted by hackers.
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Paramedics offer solution to firefighters' OT problem
CBC News
With a controversial plan to curb Winnipeg firefighters' overtime costs sent back to the drawing board, some city paramedics and others have ideas on how to bring costs down. The Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service and the union representing firefighters will meet next week to discuss possible solutions to the ballooning overtime costs. The department is projected to spend $5.6 million on overtime for firefighters this year, an 86 per cent increase over last year, according to officials.
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Paramedics deserve more respect for their work
I have been a paramedic for seven years. I am proud to be a paramedic. I work alongside some of the best paramedics/people in the world, along with great police officers and firefighters. I am very glad the Stouffville, ON firefighters who were able to help the two cardiac arrest victims were honoured in York Region this month. Firefighters help paramedics every day during cardiac arrest and are very helpful in this regard. I am writing this out of frustration with the media in regards to paramedics.
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How a small town ambulance maker expanded from Nova Scotia to the globe
Financial Post
Keith Condon's leap into international markets occurred in 1979, when he began selling his company's ambulances in Iraq. The arrangement required almost monthly trips to the Middle East. On one trip, while high in the air, Mr. Condon, president of Tri-Star Industries, a Yarmouth, N.S.-based ambulance maker, began wondering why he wasn't looking for business in the countries he was flying over. From that point on, he said, he visited a second country during every trip to Iraq.
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The future of the air medical services workforce
By Darla Ferrara
Air medical services are an integrated element in the emergency medical system. Today helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft can be the best — or sometimes the only — transportation available to patients in rural areas. Changes in the healthcare industry have brought growth to clinical aviation and to the EMS workforce as a whole, as seen in the conversion of some rural hospitals to critical access status. Although the future of EMS is a complex issue, the workforce will grow into a strong, national body.
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Ornge requests proposals for permanent helicopter medical interiors
Canadian Skies
Ornge, Ontario's provider of air ambulance and related services, announced plans to procure and install a permanent medical interior for its AW139 helicopter fleet. "By outfitting our helicopters with an enhanced medical interior, we are honouring a commitment made to our frontline paramedics to ensure they have an optimal workspace, which will provide the best and safest possible environment for our patients," said Dr. Andrew McCallum, President and CEO of Ornge.

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Paramedic Association of New Brunswick completes work on Strategic Plan
Paramedic Association of New Brunswick
Recently, the Board of Directors and staff of the Paramedic Association of New Brunswick (PANB) went through a multi-session, facilitated approach to help with the ongoing development of a "Strategic Plan" to help guide the direction of the organization. The PANB Board of Directors required a consultant to facilitate a one day strategic planning working group session that would result in an aligned organizational vision.

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Airway management: 'The times they are a-changin'
Airway management has and will always be a priority in resuscitation efforts. The "ABCs" of resuscitation are in part an acronym of convenience meant to remind us to focus our management priorities. Traditionally, these priorities have included early endotracheal intubation and success was measured in part by completion of this procedure. Improved airway management patient outcomes depend on successful maintenance of physiologic parameters.

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The call to improve emergency services in rural B.C.
CBC News
It's something most of us take for granted. When there's a medical emergency, we could call 911 and an ambulance could be dispatched. But imagine when if that didn't happen. It's a worry that has prompted one B.C. community to push for better emergency services in rural and remote areas. People who live in remote or rural British Columbia can find their calls for help go unanswered.
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EMS falling short on cardiac response in Waterloo, ON
Cambridge Times
There's still work to be done to improve the region's EMS response times, the region's medical officer of health acknowledged at a recent committee meeting. Since a ministry report on the region's EMS services last March, the department has been working on decreasing response times and increased call reporting. "We are making progress in all areas over time when it comes to response times," said Dr. Liana Nolan. "This is a trend in the right direction."
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Paramedics: Defibrillators in every public building 'ideal goal'
Prince Albert Daily Herald
Three new automated external defibrillators (AEDs) have joined the more than 200 existing devices in the Prince Albert, SK area. AEDs are now located in the main entrances of Westview Community School and École Vickers School. A second device has also been installed at the Prince Albert Police Service headquarters. But Parkland Ambulance Care public affairs director Lyle Karasiuk has his sights set even higher.
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No pets left behind during Colorado flooding rescues
Some helicopters rescuing people after massive flooding in Colorado carried more dogs, cats and fish than people. Rescuers using zip lines to evacuate people over raging rivers also risked their lives to make sure the four-legged members of families were safe. In contrast to stories of people forced to leave their pets when New Orleans was swamped by Hurricane Katrina, the motto was "No pets left behind."
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Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

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Paramedics cannot be found to fill shifts in Australia (Herald Sun)
Collision involving ambulance shuts down section of N.S. highway (CTV News)
Newfoundland minister promises improved ambulance service (VOCM)

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