Spotlight on our Team: Paramedic Services Week

Posted On Sunday May 23, 2021

Paramedic Services Week is May 23 to 29.

This week, the City of Cornwall and Cornwall SDG Paramedic Services invites you to learn more about the hard-working team as well as the issues they face every day.

“It’s been an incredibly challenging year,” said Paramedic Chief Bill Lister. “I hope you take time to read our stories, hear about these challenges, and make good choices to keep you and your family safe.”

 

Race Against Drugs

Paramedics in Cornwall and SDG are responding to a dramatically increased number of opioid overdoses.

Watch the video now (aussi disponible en français).

For help with addictions, visit the Cornwall Hospital’s website.

 

Hiring More Support

Cornwall SDG Paramedic Services has hired 21 emergency medical assistants. All 21 new hires are students in paramedicine programs.

They will assist with:

  • Supporting the community paramedicine program, which is seeing increased demand for service,
  • Supporting COVID-19 testing and vaccination efforts, which will allow paramedics to return to 911 operations,
  • Supporting 911 operations to ensure resources are stable through the summer months

“This new cohort of staff joins our 12 paramedic hires,” said Deputy Chief Wayne Markell. “Our staff need time off to recuperate this summer after an arduous 14 months of frontline work. These 33 recruits will help our service maintain staffing levels and program demands.”

 

Saving a Colleague

Paramedics Kaitlynn Millejours and Brad Hunt responded to Denis Legault’s 911 call. The now-retired city employee was rushed to the Ottawa Heart Institute, where he went into cardiac arrest. Four life saving shocks from a defibrillator brought him back.

“Had it not been for these two amazing and wonderful paramedics, I would not have had a second chance at life with my beautiful wife, family and friends. I will be forever in their debt,” said Legault.

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