JJ2021 – Association News

Paramedic Services Week (May 23-29) Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Ontario Paramedics have demonstrated the ability to adapt to the needs of our communities by providing front line services in many contexts of the health care system. Ontario Paramedics have taken on additional responsibilities through COVID Assessment Centres, Vaccination Strike Teams, Community Paramedic Teams and Long-Term Care settings. In addition to 9-1-1 calls, paramedics have also provided critical care to patients who needed to be safely distributed between hospitals in order … Read More

Fanshawe Paramedic Student Research

Introduction As our paramedic profession grows throughout the world, so does our need to teach students the importance on research and the role we all play in growing and improving our knowledge. It is important to stimulate students and to teach them that research is not something to be feared, but rather embraced. It is universities, colleges, and programs, like Fanshawe, that have taken this to heart and are paving the way for our future paramedics to be more actively … Read More


Alberta has a long history of fixed-wing air ambulance services. Starting as regional ad-hoc services in the 1970s; often staffed on an “as needed” basis with local nurses, paramedics and/or doctors, an air ambulance was formalized through contracts in the 1990’s mutual aid to neighbouring provinces and territories. In 2012, the program was expanded to include provincial Inter-facility Transfer Strategy, developing, and implementing provincial IFT strategies in collaboration with EMS zones, programs, and health service partners. The goal of the … Read More

Next Generation Ambulance Response – Ambulance Victoria Mobile Stroke Unit

Stroke affects one in four people internationally in their lifetime. According to the Stroke Foundation over 27,000 Australians experienced stroke for the first time in 2020, equating to one stroke every 19 minutes. As 1.9 million brain cells can be attacked per minute during a stroke, time is brain. Whilst there are several Mobile Stroke Units operating around the world, most are in the Northern Hemisphere (three in Germany and five in the USA). However, an innovative new stroke management … Read More

Association News – AM2021

With the evolution of paramedicine as a field of practice, we have seen in its growth, the rise of impassioned women into many roles. Educators, advocates, champions and leaders; women are shaping the present and the future of the profession in ways that elevate it to its highest level. The Ontario Paramedic Association is proud to showcase the incredible women who volunteer their time on the BOD and Wellness Committee, advocating for advances that improve and strengthen the profession and … Read More

Interview with Panagiotis

Guest Post from ICRC This article is a reprint from INTERNATIONAL COMMITTEE OF THE RED CROSS. It was originally published on their website and you can access it by clicking here. × Dismiss alert A first-aider and a diplomat How do you set up an emergency medical system in a country like Somalia? Panagiotis Ioannidis has been a first aid and pre-hospital emergency care delegate for the ICRC in Somalia for the past 17 months. In this interview he tells … Read More


The Ontario Paramedic Association is responsible for promoting the practice of Paramedicine and ensuring the highest level of care for our patients. We are leaders in the advancement of Paramedicine and achieve our objectives through public awareness, research and education. We lobby for self-regulation under the Regulated Health Professions Act. We also assist in fundraising for community-based charities. The Ontario Paramedic Association is a proud chapter of the Paramedic Association of Canada. The Ontario Paramedic Association (OPA) is not a labour union. Become … Read More

Disaster at Home GlobalMedic’s Canadian COVID-19 Response

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, GlobalMedic has been supporting Canadians across the nation by providing critical aid to those that need it most. Assistance has been provided to hospitals, shelters, food banks, and other organizations that have been severely overwhelmed by the COVID-19 pandemic. For the duration of this time one thing has remained constant, GlobalMedic’s mandate to ensure that the right aid gets to the right people at the right time. GlobalMedic is an emergency response organization based out of … Read More

Association News

As we continue to grapple with the uncertainty of COVID-19 and its impact on communities, one thing we can be assured of is that Paramedics serving on the frontlines are rising to the challenge, providing essential medical care and support for our most vulnerable populations. From the beginning we have seen Paramedics step into roles supporting communities on a level that has not been seen before to fill gaps in healthcare and to ensure that people have access to the … Read More

AirAmbulance Associations

BC Emergency Health Services Air Ambulance Service BC Emergency Health Services (BCEHS) air ambulances respond to critical hospital transfer patients as well as emergency 9-1-1 medical calls. About 90 per cent of air ambulance transports are interfacility transfers, from hospital to hospital. Annually, BCEHS responds to more than 7,300 patients requiring transportation by air ambulance. Airplane transports account for 70 per cent of all air ambulance calls; helicopters are used in 30 per cent of calls. The BCEHS air ambulance … Read More

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