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October 19, 2010

Statement of Chief Jim Brennan, Fire and Paramedic Chief, Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service
The women and men of the Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service (WFPS) are committed to safety of life and property.
Released: 1:31 p.m.

NEWS @ A GLANCE:

The women and men of the Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service (WFPS) are committed to safety of life and property. Our Emergency Medical Services (EMS) model is known as a leader across Canada, and in a 2009 comparison with eight major Canadian cities, Winnipeg had the fastest EMS response times.
(for more details, please read the full media release below)

Winnipeg, October 19, 2010 - The women and men of the Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service (WFPS) are committed to safety of life and property. Our Emergency Medical Services (EMS) model is known as a leader across Canada, and in a 2009 comparison with eight major Canadian cities, Winnipeg had the fastest EMS response times.

We have made a number of investments in our people, training equipment, and procedures, and these have provided significant benefits to citizens and their families, particularly in times of emergency:

Improving Service Delivery

  • In 2007, a new service delivery model was agreed to by the paramedic and firefighter unions. This increased the availability of trained, primary care personnel at emergency scenes.
  • Since 2007, we have added the equivalent of seven new ambulances to the system.
    • Three additional ambulances have been added.
    • Cross-trained firefighter/paramedics have absorbed the workload of three ambulances.
    • Partnership with the Downtown BIZ has absorbed the work of one ambulance.
    • We have added an ambulance bus (Major Incident Response Vehicle or MIRV) with a crew of three paramedics, 24 hours a day that is capable of transporting up to eight patients simultaneously.
  • Since 2007, investment in the Winnipeg EMS system has increased by 52%.

Expanding the Skill Base of our Members

  • Since 2007, the number of licensed paramedics in the department has doubled by the addition of cross-trained firefighter/paramedics.
  • Since 2007, we have tripled the number of Advanced Care paramedics providing service.
  • Additionally, there are 24 medical supervisors on shift, who have the highest level of training to respond to medical emergencies.

Working to Increase Efficiency

  • The average number of calls per ambulance in a 12 hour period is five.
  • The average time required to off-load the patient to the hospital is 55 minutes. When ambulance availability is low, measures are in place to free up ambulances more quickly:
    • The Winnipeg Regional Health Authority (WRHA) has hired trained personnel to take over care of patients arriving by ambulance.
    • The WRHA and WFPS use electronic reporting systems to expedite the transfer of care from paramedics to hospital staff.

The Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service routinely reviews its operations to ensure our service meets all requirements and protocols. The WFPS recently reviewed three particular cases when allegations were made regarding ambulance availability.

We can confirm the allegations are not substantiated, and that responders arrived within acceptable timeframes.

Winnipeggers need and deserve assurance that emergency responders will be there when needed. The Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service takes its role very seriously, is providing a service that is a model for other Canadian cities, and is committed to continuous improvement for the safety and health of our citizens and members.


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Southbound lanes temporarily closed on Archibald Street
Released: 4:07 p.m.

NEWS @ A GLANCE:

Motorists are advised both southbound lanes on Archibald Street are closed due to a water main break repair on Archibald Street at Provencher Boulevard.
(for more details, please read the full media release below)

Winnipeg, October 19, 2010 - Motorists are advised both southbound lanes on Archibald Street are closed due to a water main break repair on Archibald Street at Provencher Boulevard.

The northbound lanes have been rerouted to allow two-way traffic on Archibald Street. The lanes will remain closed overnight and are expected to reopen late tomorrow afternoon.


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Last update: 19.10.2010

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