Tuesday, January 19, 2010  
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Quote of the Week
“Traditionally, Rescue has always been working in conjuction with the ambulance. We’re all in favour of helping out whenever we can.”
- Rescue Chief  
Michael Taje  
- on formalizing medical   


An emergency medical response can begin when a person picks up the phone to dial 911 for assistance, and can end with a patient transported to the hospital, but there is a great deal that happens before a call ever takes place –– policies, planning, training, and more that the public seldom sees.
Crowsnest Pass EMS and Crowsnest Pass Rescue are seeking to formalize a longstanding partnership that provides an extra layer of emergency services security in the community, and on Tuesday, January 12, they presented their plan to council.
Troy Linderman, Director of Crowsnest Pass EMS, and Michael Taje, Chief of Crowsnest Pass Rescue, appeared together to make the presentation. They provided council with a complete run-down of their Medical Co-Response Program.
The program is intended to formalize procedures whereby Rescue personnel can act as first-responders, or can provide necessary support, in emergency medical situations when the situation demands it.
“Traditionally, Rescue has always been working in conjunction with the ambulance,” said Taje. He explained that Rescue has always helped out EMS when needed. But in 2009, EMS came under provincial control, and there were concerns that there might be short periods in which no ambulance was available in the community. With this in mind, Rescue and EMS sought to formalize their relationship and define the ways in which Rescue can support the ambulance service.
Linderman told council that recent developments have lessened the concern that an ambulance might not be available at all times. EMS has been using its third ambulance when needed and when staff is available, and they have been able to free up ambulances sometimes by utilizing other means to transfer patients. Linderman added that even when an ambulance goes out of town on a transfer, new cooperative efforts help minimize the time it is out of town.
However, he said, there is still always the chance that there may be small windows of time in which no ambulance is readily available.
... See the January 19 issue of the Pass Herald for the full story.
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