Chair's Corner - Halton Region, Ontario

Honouring Halton’s paramedics for saving the lives of residents

Recently, I spoke at the Celebration of Life Awards and Advanced Care Paramedic (ACP) Graduation Ceremony. At this year’s event, I also listened to inspirational stories about our paramedics and bystanders working together to save lives. I am always grateful to our paramedics for their dedication and selflessness, and for providing Halton residents with high quality medical care when they need it the most.

Paramedics are at the front line of health care, are highly trained and calm under pressure. Halton’s paramedics are on the scene within minutes, providing critical pre-hospital medical care, including everything from helping heart attack victims and performing emergency child birthing procedures to stabilizing broken bones and bandaging wounds.

Operating from 12 ambulance stations throughout Halton Region, more than 220 paramedics respond to over 50,000 calls for help each year – 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Last year, Halton Region paramedics transported nearly 30,000 patients to area hospitals, including rushing over 200 heart attack patients to a cardiac catheterization lab for immediate, specialized care.
I was honoured to congratulate six graduates of the Advanced Care Paramedic Class of 2017. Our paramedics are recognized as being some of the best in the country and our ACPs undergo extensive classroom, clinical and field training to enhance their skills.

Whether it’s residents helping to save lives by using Automated External Defibrillators (AED), performing CPR or promptly calling 911, our residents and paramedics work together to make Halton one of Canada’s safest communities.

Residents can also help our paramedics save lives when they’re on our roads. While paramedics deal with potentially life-threatening situations, you can help them by moving to the right for sirens and lights. By clearing the way, you help paramedics reach or transport their patients as quickly as possible.

I encourage you to learn more about the many services our paramedics offer to help keep Halton a great place to live, work, raise a family and retire, by visiting halton.ca/paramedic.

As always, if you have any Regional concerns or comments you would like to share, please feel free to email me at gary.carr@halton.ca. You can also find me on Twitter @garycarrhalton, LinkedIn or Facebook. To receive further updates on Regional issues, please subscribe to my quarterly e-newsletter, “The Carr Report”.