Huron County recognizes the exemplary service of paramedics

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HURON COUNTY – Huron County sent out a thank-you to the dedicated paramedic team that works tirelessly to keep the citizens safe and healthy.

Warden Glen McNeil talked about the extra burden that paramedics have carried throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I’m very proud of how Huron County paramedics have responded to these increased demands and of the work they’re doing to support our long-term care homes, vulnerable citizens, and vaccine clinics,” McNeil said.

“Paramedic Services Week is a chance for us to thank them and to recognize their unwavering commitment to keeping our community safe and healthy.”

Huron County’s paramedics respond to approximately 10,000 calls annually at a wide range of medical emergencies, fires, water rescues, industrial and farm accidents, and highway traffic accidents, states a press release from the county.

The county employs 88 paramedics, seven supervisors, and seven management/administration people who form an integral part of the county’s emergency preparedness team.

The County of Huron thanks this team for their commitment, compassion, and dedication.

This year’s Paramedic Week theme is Paramedic as Educator – Citizen Ready. It demonstrates the vital role that paramedics play as educators to the public.

The week began on Sunday, May 23 and will wrap up Saturday, May 29.

Each of the first five days has a specific public education focus designed to prepare citizens for an emergency. Day six is an opportunity for the public to get to know their local paramedics and emergency medical responders through recognition initiatives.

Paramedic Chiefs of Canada said on their website, “as healthcare professionals, paramedics are often incorporating the best research into practice but the public doesn’t always know why. In efforts to help the public understand why simple steps taken can make a difference in many emergencies prior to help arriving, the PCC looks to build on existing education and incorporating new trending treatments for the public to be citizen ready.”

The website provides links to the special education features, including speaking notes and media/public education ideas for the specific day's presentations.

Activation of 911 and screening helps to explain what to expect from the service when you call. Many people do not know what to expect when they call 911. Most often, it is because of an emergency that involves some panic and fear. Learning what happens when an emergency is actively occurring isn’t a good time to understand.

Other themes include how to control bleeding, high-performance CPR, what to do in case of an opioid overdose, and emergency preparedness (the first 72 hours).

You can view all the activities and all of the above discussions at https://www.paramedicchiefs.ca/paramedic-services-week-2021/.

The Paramedic Chiefs of Canada welcomes you to use any or all of the packages that have been developed for this special week. Each theme package contains key messages, suggested teaching strategies, and recommended audiences/venues.

Cory Bilyea, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Wingham Advance Times

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