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”.

 

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.

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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”.

 

Honouring Halton’s paramedics for saving the lives of residents

Chair_CelebrationOfLifeRecently, 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.

Chair_CelebrationOfLife2Operating 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.

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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”.

 

Join us at Halton’s Paramedic Day June 3

ParamedicDay1_2To wrap up this year’s Paramedic Services Week, Halton will be opening up its Ambulance Headquarters at the Woodlands Operation Centre at 1179 Bronte Road in Oakville for a unique, behind-the-scenes paramedic experience. Please join us on Saturday, June 3 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. as we celebrate and thank our Paramedic Services team for all the hard work they do each and every day to help keep Halton a safe and healthy community.

Halton Region’s Paramedic Day offers activities for the entire family: climb aboard an ambulance, see the special gear our tactical paramedics wear, learn CPR, visit the bike helmet safety station and enjoy the children’s activities and food trucks.

Halton Region has more than 220 paramedics who act quickly and professionally to provide responsive emergency health care when needed. Supporting our community 24/7, 365 days per year, Halton’s dedicated paramedics are the best in the country and have been recently recognized for their outstanding contributions.

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From left to right: Celebrating Halton’s recent success at the National Paramedic Competition are Halton Regional Chair Gary Carr, Primary Care Paramedic Adam Sellors, Primary Care Paramedic Justin Mlynaryk and Chief/Director of Paramedic Services Greg Sage.

Two teams of Halton Region paramedics received top honours at the National Paramedic Competition in Ottawa. The exceptional achievements of our teams at the national competition speak to their dedication and commitment and I’m proud that the skills of Halton’s Paramedic Services were able to be showcased on the national stage.

Every year, our paramedics respond to more than 50,000 calls and transport almost 30,000 people, ensuring our community gets the care it needs when people are at their most vulnerable. On behalf of Halton Regional Council, thank you to all our paramedics. I hope Halton residents will join us on Paramedic Day to learn about all the services they offer to help keep Halton a great place to live, work, raise a family and retire. To learn more, visit halton.ca/paramedicday.

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”.

Happy Holidays from Halton Region!

Merry Christmas and best wishes for a joyous Holiday Season!

On behalf of Regional Council and staff, I wish you a Merry Christmas, a happy New Year and a wonderful holiday season!

December is one of my favourite months. It’s the time of year to get together with family and friends, celebrate the season, give back to our community and be thankful for all we have.

If you are staying in town, there is so much to do around Halton. Take the opportunity to discover Halton and experience the things that make it such a great place to live, work, raise a family and retire.

Over the holidays, all essential services and Halton Region facilities will remain available, including water and wastewater services, waste collection, road operations, public health, paramedic services and social and community services. Some public facilities will be closed during the holidays. For more information about holiday hours at our public facilities, visit halton.ca/closures. If you require assistance with a Regional service during the holidays dial 311, visit halton.ca, or submit a service request at halton.ca/311.

May this season bring peace, prosperity and joy to you and your loved ones. From my family to yours, I wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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 or on Facebook.

Paramedic Week: Recognition, ambulance donation and thank you

Day in and day out, Halton Region’s Paramedic Services are on our streets saving people’s lives and responding to emergencies. During Paramedic Week (May 26-June 2), I want to recognize them for the great work they do in Halton.

In addition to their life-saving efforts, I also want to highlight their commitment to enhancing the health and safety of our whole community, both here at home and abroad.

Here at home, for example, Halton’s Paramedic Services offer CPR and defibrillator Paramedic response time goalstraining, and have worked hard to install defibrillators in municipal buildings across Halton.

During Paramedic Week Halton Region Paramedic Services is showing their community commitment by donating 3 decommissioned ambulances to 2 charities:

  •  St. John Ambulance will use one of the vehicles to enhance service by providing first aid at public events in Oakville, Milton and Halton Hills. Halton Region has donated ambulances to all of Halton’s local St. John Ambulance branches in the past.
  • Ozone Systems International for use in South Sudan.

St. John Ambulance will use one of the vehicles to enhance service by providing first aid at public events in Oakville, Milton and Halton Hills. Halton Region has donated ambulances to all of Halton’s local St. John Ambulance branches in the past.

Ozone Systems International will receive the other two vehicles and will send them to South Sudan to move sick and injured patients to the hospital. Currently, there are only 3 ambulances servicing 3 million people in the area.

Previous international donations include Feed the Children (sent to Haiti) and the Rotary Club of Burlington (sent to Ecuador).

Please join me in congratulating the recipients of the ambulances as well as thanking the Paramedics whose generosity and care know no boundaries.

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.”