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Paramedic week coming up

'EMS is no longer simply a medical transportation service'
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Nipissing District ambulance. Jeff Turl/BayToday.

Paramedic week is May 25 to June 2.

"As health care in Canada changes and evolves, EMS must change and evolve along with it," says the Paramedic Chiefs of Canada "EMS is no longer simply a medical transportation service; there are increasing numbers of places in the world where both the role and the scope of practice of paramedics have evolved to provide definitive primary care outside of traditional clinical venues, and paramedic practitioners with the knowledge and skills required to provide such care."

“Paramedics are often a lifeline for people with a medical emergency, and as such, it’s hard to overstate their importance in any community,” says DNSSAB Chair, Mark King. “And now that we have the Community Paramedicine program where these qualified people can check on citizens, often avoiding a trip to the emergency room, there’s even more value to the work they do,” adds King. “I ask everyone in the District to join me in recognizing these courageous and compassionate people for the important work they do.”

Here's a list of local events for the week and you are invited.

Saturday, May 25 from 9 am to 4 pm- Cystic fibrosis charity fundraiser at Sportcuts located at 107 Shirreff Ave. Donuts will be available onsite with proceeds going to cystic fibrosis.

Monday, May 27 flag raising ceremony at Nipissing District Paramedic base located at 1715 Seymour St. The mayor will be onsite with EMS chief to say a few words.

Thursday, May 30 9 am to 7 pm Nipissing District Paramedics will be at Northgate Mall in the Centre Court. An equipment demonstration will be set up as well as paramedics on site to talk about the profession for those interested in pursuing a career in Paramedicine.