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Canadian Paramedic Benevolent Society — Memorial Monument
Canadian Paramedic Memorial Ride
It was a thought on a few Paramedics minds three years ago. Then that thought got bigger and they started to talk and share amongst themselves; what if... what if we Canadian Paramedics could have a long distance bike ride and raise awareness and money for our Paramedic Memorial Monument?

It wasn't until the evening of November 18th, 2012 that these idealists and dreamers came together, and with the backing of key players: Paramedic Association President Chris Hood, PAC Executive Director Pierre Poirier, Former President of Emergency Medical Service Chiefs of Canada Mike Nolan, Canadian Paramedic Benevolent Directors Bill Lewis and Grant Ross and the medics/people that attended, that the idea became a spark and the spark exploded.
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6 paramedics honoured in York Region
A half dozen York Region Emergency Medical Services paramedics, each completing more than 30 years of service, were honoured with Governor-General Exemplary Service Medals recently at the Ontario Association of Paramedic Chiefs annual awards gala. "These awards recognize individuals who have made a significant contribution to their community and demonstrate the breadth of experience of our EMS paramedics," York Region chairperson and CEO Bill Fisch said. "We are proud York Region EMS continues to be honoured with these awards year after year."
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 Paramedicine Research

Assessment of non-clinical attributes in paramedicine using multiple mini-interviews
Walter Tavares and Justin Mausz
Non-clinical attributes are increasingly emphasised as an important factor in paramedic practice. However, the assessment of these attributes often lacks the evidence base to support it. Exploring the relationship between non-clinical attributes and clinical skills is also of theoretical and practical importance. The objective is to first seek evidence of reliability and validity for the assessment of non-clinical attributes using the multiple mini-interview in paramedic contexts, and second, to explore the association between non-clinical attributes and clinical skills in paramedicine.
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U.K. research paramedic initiative heads to Canberra
Nursing Careers Allied Health
An initiative to screen patients for sepsis while en route to hospital in the United Kingdom will be showcased at the Australasian Paramedic International Conference in Canberra shortly. North East Ambulance Service research paramedic Paul Younger, who developed the screening approach with colleague Graham McClelland, will speak about the organisation's work fighting one of the leading causes of death world-wide, at the October conference.
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 In the Media

Paramedic who died in Juan left deep legacy
CBC News
The tenth anniversary of Hurricane Juan is approaching. It also marks the tenth anniversary of the death of John Rossiter, the paramedic who died in the line of duty during the storm. Rossiter was responding to a call as the storm lashed Halifax. At about 1 a.m., a huge tree was blown into his ambulance from Camp Hill Cemetery, crushing the cab and killing him. His partner in the ambulance survived.
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Critical care paramedics: Where is the evidence? A systematic review
Emergency Medicine Journal
Paramedic-delivered pre-hospital critical care is an established concept in a number of emergency medical services around the world and, more recently, has been introduced to the United Kingdom. This review identifies and describes the available evidence relating to paramedics who routinely provide pre-hospital critical care as primary scene response (critical care paramedics, or CCP).
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City dumps fire chief before audit
Winnipeg Free Press
Councillors are raising angry questions about a city decision to terminate one of the central figures in the fire-paramedic station scandal only days before the release of a review of the affair. The City of Winnipeg recently parted ways with fire-paramedic Chief Reid Douglas, a city employee for four decades. Chief operating officer Deepak Joshi broke the news to Mayor Sam Katz and members of council in an email sent after the September council meeting ended.
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Saskatchewan's first collaborative emergency centre opens in Maidstone
Government of Saskatchewan
An innovative approach to meeting the health care needs of Saskatchewan's rural residents has been launched in the province. Saskatchewan's first Collaborative Emergency Centre (CEC) is now open in Maidstone 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The CEC provides extended hours of primary health care and 24/7 emergency care, improving stability and access to health care services for patients.
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The role of EMS in community paramedicine
A new paradigm for mobile healthcare emerged from a two-day meeting of EMS thought leaders held in Chicago. The group developed a framework to align the interests of patients, payors and providers as the first step in repositioning "community paramedicine" as one element in a more complex and comprehensive practice of medicine. The framework is intended to engage a wide spectrum of providers, including traditional EMS personnel as well as nurses, mid-level providers and physicians.
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St. John Ambulance therapy dogs blessed by yogi
Metro News
Dogs of all religious denominations — even the atheists — were showered with love by their owners recently during a blessing ceremony. It's unclear how much the pooches — many of them too busy barking and smelling each other — actually registered. The event, staged by St. John Ambulance's Therapy Dog Services, was led by Yogi Akal. He prefers not to be called an animal communicator, but rather, someone for whom "all species are of interest."

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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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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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Twitter launches alert system for emergencies, disasters
CTV News
Twitter recently launched a system for emergency alerts, which can help spread critical information when other lines of communication are down. The popular messaging service said its Twitter Alerts could be useful in natural disasters or other emergencies when traditional channels may be overloaded or unavailable. "We know from our users how important it is to be able to receive reliable information during these times," Twitter product manager Gaby Pena said.
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New emergency department at Surrey Memorial Hospital opens
Global News
Surrey Memorial Hospital opened their new emergency department recently, the first phase of a massive redevelopment project. It's the first phase of a new eight-story critical care tower, with the rest of the building scheduled to open in the summer of 2014. The redevelopment is part of a $512 million redevelopment of the hospital, with the aim of becoming a world-class medical facility for the entire Fraser Valley.
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Cape Breton paramedics receive medals for exemplary service
Cape Breton Post
Five Cape Bretoners you'd trust with your life have earned a medal from the Queen. Lt.-Gov. J.J. Grant presented five Cape Breton paramedics with an Emergency Medical Services Exemplary Service Medal recently in a ceremony at Government House. "It's a terrific honour," said Thomas MacLean of Glace Bay, who was one of 17 Nova Scotia paramedics to earn the service medal.
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