Supporting needs of residents, visitors, paramedics top of mind for new Peterborough paramedics chief

As she takes the reins of Peterborough County-City Paramedics (PCCP), Patricia Bromfield says her top priorities will be supporting Peterborough patients and visitors, along with fellow paramedics and staff.

Bromfield was named as the new chief of PCCP earlier this month. Former chief Randy Mellow announced in December 2023 his upcoming retirement at the end of 2024. With the desire to achieve a seamless transition, Peterborough County council approved a comprehensive succession plan.

Over the next nine months, Bromfield said she'll be focusing on collaborating closely with Mellow.

"I am very thankful to Peterborough County council for endorsing this remarkable opportunity for a seamless transition," Bromfield told kawarthaNOW. "It's a privilege for me to learn from (Mellow), a revered figure and steadfast advocate in this profession."

In the days ahead, the chief said she aims to gain a comprehensive understanding of the historical milestones and future objectives of PCCP, and align those with Peterborough County's new strategic plan.

However, people will be Bromfield's top priority.

"Stepping into the role of chief at PCCP, my foremost commitment is to continue to support the needs of the citizens and visitors we service and continue to foster the well-being of our outstanding team of paramedics and supervisory staff," she said.

Bromfield assumed the role of deputy chief of operations at Peterborough County in the fall of 2022. Before her tenure with the county, she served as the deputy chief of operations at the City of Kawartha Lakes. She also built a substantial paramedic career with the City of Toronto.

"The appointment of (Bromfield) underscores Peterborough County's commitment to investing in the professional development of its employees and exemplifying its dedication to providing opportunities for growth within the organization, Peterborough County noted in a media release.

"The county looks forward to a continued legacy of exceptional paramedic services under the leadership of (Bromfield)."

Mellow congratulated the chief and welcomed Bromfield into her new role.

"Patricia possesses a wealth of experience and knowledge having progressed through various frontline and leadership roles throughout her career," Mellow, senior director of emergency and shared services/deputy CAO, said in the media release. "Her experience and passion for supportive leadership and innovation will be an asset to our team and community."

Sheridan Graham, county CAO and deputy clerk, deputy treasurer, concurred with Mellow.

"Patricia is a proven leader in her field," Graham said. "Her extensive paramedic services experience with our service, the City of Kawartha Lakes, and the City of Toronto will serve her well as our new chief."

In addition to working closely with Mellow, Bromfield said she looks forward to collaborating with the county's leadership team and partners.

"It is a privilege for me to have the opportunity to work alongside some of Canada's finest paramedics, leaders, and support staff."

Natalie Hamilton, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, KawarthaNOW