Halton paramedics are everyday heroes keeping us safe

Halton’s highly trained paramedics are on the front line of health care, helping to keep our community safe. Providing critical medical care to Halton residents when they need it most, paramedics are saving and improving the lives of Halton residents every day.

The statistics speak for themselves

ParamedicDayChair2The Region’s paramedics are always ready to respond:

  • More than 250 dedicated paramedics work out of 12 stations across the region to help residents 365 days per year.
  • Paramedics transport over 30,000 patients, on average, to area hospitals each year, including over 200 heart attack patients to a cardiac catheterization lab for immediate, specialized care.
  • They answer more than 50,000 calls every year.

Their timeliness, quick thinking and life-saving skills impact the health and safety of our residents every day, but too often we only recognize their value when we are faced with an emergency situation. I am proud and thankful for their heroic and reliable services.

ParamedicDayChair1Community partnerships

Paramedics can respond more effectively when an engaged and educated community is ready to support them. To help empower residents so they know what to do in emergency situations, Halton has several community programs in place. This year we will be:

  • Providing cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) training to more than 1,600 people in community groups across the region;
  • ParamedicDayChair3Installing more Automatic External Defibrillators (AEDs) in the community and providing training resources to help residents understand how to use an AED. This is in addition to the 566 AEDs currently in municipal buildings, community centres, schools, golf courses, gyms and other important community locations;
  • Continuing the Community Paramedicine @Clinic program (CP@clinic) for residents living in certain assisted housing communities that experience high volumes of 911 calls. Paramedics assess residents’ risks of high blood pressure, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and falls, while providing healthy living education. This innovative program has helped reduce the number of calls for paramedic services by approximately 40 per cent at the subsidized housing community in Milton and 20 per cent at the Georgetown location; and
  • Building more paramedic stations in Oakville and Milton to serve these growing communities.

Celebrate Halton Paramedics with us

ParamedicDayChair4Last year more than 1,300 people joined us for the first annual Paramedic Day to celebrate our paramedics and learn about the important work they do to protect the safety and health of our community. I hope to see even more residents at our second annual Paramedic Day on Saturday, May 26 at Halton Regional Headquarters – 1151 Bronte Road.

This year’s event will offer a variety of exciting activities for kids and people of all ages, and residents can learn about the important role paramedics play in keeping our community safe. Stay tuned for more information!

I encourage you to visit halton.ca/paramedic 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.

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”.