Cornwall, ON — The City of Cornwall proudly announces the commencement of Paramedic Services Week, starting on May 21. This year’s theme, “Diversity in Paramedicine — The Patient, the Provider, the Profession,” aims to highlight the importance of inclusivity within the field of paramedicine.
Paramedic Services Week serves as a platform to unite local communities and medical professionals in raising awareness about safety and acknowledging the unwavering commitment of those who provide crucial lifesaving services on the frontline of healthcare.
“We owe a debt of gratitude to our hardworking and dedicated paramedics,” said Cornwall and SDG Paramedic Services Chief, Bill Lister. “They are always there to answer the call, at any time of day. For many, it’s during holidays, birthdays, weekends and nights. Not only that, but they are also exposed to several contagious disease. Even with those hazards, they still show up to work every, single day to keep our community safe.”
This week presents an opportunity to express appreciation for the diverse group of individuals involved in delivering round-the-clock emergency care.
“This week gives us the opportunity to recognize the dedication of the paramedics of the
Cornwall SDG Paramedic Services,” said Cornwall Mayor Justin Towndale. “These
individuals are on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to respond to calls for assistance
from across SD&G and beyond.”
“Thank you for everything that you do.”
Cornwall SDG Paramedic Services provides 24/7 emergency coverage to over 111,000 residents and visitors in our community.
As an integral part of the regional 911 system, paramedics swiftly respond to individuals facing sudden illness or injury. Equipped with extensive training and skills, they strive to stabilize and provide treatment to patients at the scene and during transportation to medical facilities.
Operating under the Ottawa Central Ambulance Communication Centre, the regional fleet receives and responds to over 14,000 emergency service requests and non-emergent inter-facility transfers each year.
Serving as the designated delivery agent for Land Ambulance Service in the region, the City of Cornwall maintains seven ambulance stations across Stormont, Dundas, and Glengarry Counties.
With a team of over 100 paramedics and six administrative staff members, Cornwall SDG Paramedic Services ensures comprehensive coverage. Their fleet comprises 14 ambulances and 5 Paramedic Response Units.
The care provided by paramedics often determines the outcome for patients, influencing factors such as life or death, temporary or permanent disability, and the duration of hospitalization.