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Tuesday May 24th, 2016

Posted at 10:00am

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This week is Paramedic Services week, a week that commemorates the hard work, dedication and efforts of life-saving paramedics.

In support of Paramedic Services Week, Essex-Windsor EMS will be launching the #KnowYour911 Campaign. The campaign is geared towards educating the public on the proper use of 9-1-1, raising awareness about key facts and myths surrounding emergency services, as well as bringing attention to EMS’s role within the community.

The “Know” in the campaign is multi-faceted:

  • Know who the Essex-Windsor EMS Paramedics are;
  • Know what Paramedics do;
  • Know how to help Paramedics when calling 9-1-1;
  • Know what other options are available for medical assistance besides emergency rooms;
  • Know more about staying healthy and injury-free.

“We are pleased to be launching this campaign, not only to help provide a better understanding of the paramedicine profession, but perhaps most importantly, to help educate the residents of our community about staying safe. Understanding the role and capabilities of emergency services will better equip our communities with the knowledge they need to take proper action and help to save lives,” said Bruce Krauter, Chief, Essex-Windsor EMS.

You can visit KnowYour911.ca for more information.  You can also enter for the chance to win an iPad Mini by using hashtag #knowyour911 on social media.

Several events this week are also planned:

Thursday, May 26th to Saturday, May 28:

  • Essex-Windsor EMS will be at The Devonshire Mall (in front of The Bay).
  • The community can come out and learn about CPR, how to use a defibrillator, speak to paramedics about how to recognize the signs of a medical emergency and much more.
  • An ambulance will be on site, along with some of the EMS partners, such as St. Clair College, representatives from the Central Ambulance Communication Centre (CACC) and representatives from the Southwestern Ontario Regional Base Hospital Program.

Friday, May 27th:

  • 12 pm – Devonshire Mall: A local patient will be reunited with the Paramedics who saved his life after a cardiac arrest.

Saturday, May 28th:

  • 9am to 12pm – Canadian Blood Services: “Sirens for Life”, the Essex-Windsor EMS-sponsored blood drive. Call 1-888-2-DONATE to book your appointment or come out and enjoy snacks and refreshments with the EMS team.

 

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