Tom Wallace, the deputy chief of support service for Winnipeg Fire Paramedic
Service from Winnipeg; and
In some areas, the NHS is so shortstaffed it is paying PS30 an hour for agency paramedics
- around double the basic NHS rate.
It also recognises the skills of our staff as the paramedic
role develops into the 21st century.
And there are some vehicle types that may have had a paramedic
on board, but would not be as standard.
Emergency Medical Technicians are highly trained clinicians and have a wide range of support available to them including a direct line to an advanced paramedic
The fire service and paramedics
entered the property to rescue the two occupants inside, an elderly man and woman.
deal with a range of situations from minor wounds to serious injuries caused by a major road or rail accident, for example.
At present, once a paramedic
has handed a patient over to a hospital, no further information is exchanged.
In the first four weeks of the scheme going live, the paramedics
attended 108 calls in the local area and also attended community events.
AP) -- Minnesota is pushing to train a few hundred "community paramedics
," a new kind of health care provider intended to make up for the lack of doctors and nurses in rural areas.
Winnipeg recently merged fire and paramedic
services and maintains fire trucks with at least one firefighter-paramedic
on board, claiming it saved taxpayers about $1 million annually.
Being a paramedic
was new; it didn't feel like a secure profession to many.