Paramedic Services Week 2016

Every year, National Paramedic Services Week focuses attention on the diverse ways Canada’s registered paramedics work to save lives and to improve the health of millions of individuals. This year, The Paramedic Chiefs of Canada has proclaimed the last week in May as Paramedic Services Week in Canada.  The theme for this year is “Our Family Caring for You!”.

Today and always, The Nova Scotia Paramedic Society and its past and current paramedics walk in our deep rooted medical history of excellence, integrity, respecting humanity, continuous improvement, collaboration and accountability, and going beyond self. To celebrate National Paramedic Services Week 2016, The Nova Scotia Paramedic Society has produced three Radio Public Services announcements for Nova Scotia radio stations.

Radio Script One – Download: PSA1.Mp3

In the spring of 1832, a health pandemic threatened Nova Scotians, known today as Cholera. A specialized team of medical trained staff was set up to transport the sick and injured. For 184 years, Emergency Medical Services have been a key component of Nova Scotia’s health care model. My name is John Bignell and I am President of the Nova Scotia Paramedic Society. I am proud to be part of our long standing medical history as we celebrate Paramedic Services Week. 

Radio Script Two – Download: PSA2.Mp3

In 1968, Nova Scotia ambulance operators petition the Health Minister to take over ambulance services and standardize EMS education. It wasn’t until June 1993 that Health Minister Dr. Ron Steward commissioned several reports.  This would lead to the consolidation of ambulance operations, education, and fleet standards that we know today as Emergency Health Services. My name is John Bignell and I am President of the Nova Scotia Paramedic Society. I am proud to be part of our long standing medical history as we celebrate Paramedic Services Week. 

Radio Script Three – Download: PSA3.Mp3

In 1889, Alice Cox was the sole dispatcher employed to answer emergency calls from the newly installed telephone at the VG hospital. Equipped with a notepad and a bell that rang in the ambulance stable, she would carry messages through the hospital to the ambulance interns. 127 years later, the tradition continues with modern software and dispatch protocols helping to coordinate EMS responses throughout Nova Scotia. My name is John Bignell and I am President of the Nova Scotia Paramedic Society. I am proud to be part of our long standing medical history as we celebrate Paramedic Services Week. 

The Nova Scotia Paramedic Society understands the role paramedics play in the ongoing improvement and transformation of health care systems of this great nation. The Nova Scotia Paramedic Society invites paramedics everywhere to positively influence the quality of care and overall performance of the health care system to which they belong.