North Grenville recognizes Paramedic Services Week

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North Grenville’s Municipal Council would like to express its thanks to our local paramedics for their service and dedication.

In particular, we would like to recognize members of the Leeds Grenville Paramedic Service. The Service is staffed 24 hours a day and responsible for providing pre-hospital, and emergency medical care to the more than 150,000 residents of the United Counties of Leeds and Grenville, including Gananoque, Brockville, Westport and North Grenville – covering a geographic area of over 3,350 square kilometres.

“On behalf of North Grenville, thank you to each and everyone of our paramedics throughout Leeds and Grenville for their dedication and service,” said Mayor Peckford. “In addition to their normal duties, paramedics take the pressure off Kemptville District Hospital and area hospitals when they are experiencing high patient volumes. They transport non-emergent patients to surrounding hospitals, and step up to support other regions – including responding to calls within the City of Ottawa – when they have no Ottawa paramedics to send – otherwise known as ‘level zero’”.

Paramedics have also supported the response to the pandemic such as, vaccinating residents in long-term care homes and offering pop-up COVID-19 clinics in rural areas.

The Paramedic Profession involves many, many more people to make it successful in delivering out-of-hospital care in both acute and non-acute environments than Paramedics. It is these additional professionals that in addition to the paramedics on the streets that we celebrate this year recognizing the many “Faces of Paramedicine”.

From Communications and 9-1-1 dispatchers, critical care specialties, educators and research, mental health and addictions response teams, falls intervention tams, technical rescue teams, support services and community paramedics all make up the many faces that contribute to the critical care paramedic services provide.

“Please join Council this week as we recognize the incredibly hard work and expertise paramedics bring 24/7 to keeping members of our community safe and healthy,” added Councillor Kristin Strackerjan and Liaison for Emergency and Protective Services.

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