USING FIREFIGHTERS AS PARAMEDICS 'INCONCEIVABLE': WARDEN
6/15/2017 3:58:44 PM


A suggested change to emergency health services doesn't sit well with Renfrew County Warden Jennifer Murphy. Murphy, along with the County's Health Committee during an off-site meeting in Renfrew, heard that earlier this month the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care suggested some alternative options to paramedics, including testing the use of firefighters as certified paramedics to respond to low-acuity calls. Murphy says there is no way they can afford to pay their fire fighters full time to help paramedics and she called it 'inconcievable'. Admittledly, she says she jumped the gun until she realized the pilot program would be voluntary and determined by the municipality. In a release, the Association of Municipalities of Ontario says there is no evidence to show this would improve patient outcomes and yet, it would increase municipal labour and create "risk management issues". Director of Emergency Services, Mike Nolan says the Minister is talking about a complete revamp of legislation and says it was cause for concern.
       

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