Join us to celebrate Halton’s second annual Paramedic Day

To kick off this year’s Paramedic Services Week (May 27 to June 2), Halton is hosting our second annual Paramedic Day on Saturday, May 26! The event will run rain or shine from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Woodlands Operations Centre (1179 Bronte Road) in Oakville.

We often see paramedics on the road or at large community events providing emergency medical services. Paramedic Day is a great opportunity for residents of all ages to get a behind-the-scenes look at the Region’s Paramedic Services and learn more about how they help keep our community safe and healthy. Walk through an ambulance, try on some of the tactical gear, learn about cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) or chat with some of our paramedics to learn more about what they do. There will also be plenty of other activities, including local food trucks, a bike helmet safety station and more!

Halton supports the health and well-being of all residents. We are fortunate to have more than 250 paramedics who work 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Each year, Halton’s paramedics respond to 50,000 calls and transport more than 30,000 patients to hospitals in our region.

As Halton’s population grows, we will continue to meet residents’ health needs by building more paramedic stations, installing more Automatic External Defibrillators (AEDs) in the community, providing training resources for residents, and continuing our Community Paramedicine @Clinic program, which provides health assessments for residents living in assisted housing communities that experience a high volume of 911 calls.

We are fortunate to also have many other Regional staff, including our public health nurses, inspectors, dieticians and more, who work in the community to help residents stay healthy. This month, we thank them for all of their hard work and contributions to making our community a safer and healthier place to live.

For more information about Paramedic Day or the Region’s Paramedic Services, visit halton.ca/paramedics. I look forward to seeing you at the event! By celebrating our paramedics and their dedication to keeping our community safe and healthy, we can ensure Halton remains 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”.