Eastern Ontario Paramedics Share Safety Video

Posted On Thursday April 23, 2020

Cornwall SDG Paramedic Services, in partnership with services throughout Eastern Ontario, is encouraging residents to follow these steps when interacting with a first responder:

  1. Be truthful about symptoms when you call 911.
  2. When paramedics arrive, stop: do not approach them.
  3. Paramedics will assess the patient from 2 metres away.
  4. They will wear the correct personal protective equipment (PPE) based on your symptoms.
  5. Follow the direction of first responders, including police officers and firefighters.

“Help us, help you,” said Paramedic Chief Bill Lister. “You can do two really simple things when you call 911: be honest and keep your distance.”

These directions are included in a safety video you can watch here: 

“This partnership with other paramedic services will help ensure that no matter where you live, you will hear the same message,” said Mayor Bernadette Clement. “First responders are here to help. We must help keep them safe, too.”

Participating paramedic service partners include:

  • Cornwall SDG Paramedic Services
  • County of Renfrew Paramedic Service
  • Frontenac Paramedic Service
  • Kawartha Lakes Paramedic Service
  • Lanark County Paramedic Service
  • Leeds Grenville Paramedic Service
  • Northumberland Paramedics
  • Ottawa Paramedic Service
  • Peterborough County-City Paramedics
  • United Counties of Prescott and Russell Paramedic Service
  • York Region Paramedic Services

For more information about limiting 911 calls during the pandemic, please click here.

For details about PPE donations requested for Cornwall SDG paramedics and Glen Stor Dun Lodge staff, please click here.

To learn more about how the City of Cornwall is responding to COVID-19, please click here.

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