Mu­tual aid agree­ment signed be­tween mines and town

IOC and Gren­fell Health will as­sist each other on med­i­cal emer­gen­cies

The Aurora (Labrador City) - - FRONT PAGE - BY MIKE POWER

LABRADOR CITY, NL — The Iron Ore Com­pany of Canada (IOC) and Labrador Gren­fell Health signed a mem­o­ran­dum of un­der­stand­ing for mu­tual aid last week.

The agree­ment means both IOC and Labrador Gren­fell Health can pro­vide as­sis­tance to each other in the event of any med­i­cal emer­gency in the re­gion.

That as­sis­tance can come in the form of skilled per­son­nel, equip­ment or ma­te­ri­als.

It is ex­pected to be of ben­e­fit to the lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties and IOC.

“This means that a backup am­bu­lance ser­vice and trained per­son­nel are al­ways avail­able to the res­i­dents should it be needed, and sim­i­larly the Health Author­ity will give sup­port on the IOC site should the need arise for a med­i­cal sit­u­a­tion,” Ken Whit­ten, su­per­in­ten­dent emer­gency ser­vices and se­cu­rity, who signed on be­half of IOC, told The Aurora.

The col­lab­o­ra­tion in­creases the safe­guards in place for any type of health and safety is­sue re­quir­ing med­i­cal or am­bu­la­tory care, ac­cord­ing to Whit­ten.

The co-op­er­a­tion be­tween the lo­cal hos­pi­tal and IOC has been on­go­ing for quite some time.

The sign­ing of this agree­ment now means all as­pects of the ser­vices pro­vided have un­der­gone a full re­view of both the health and le­gal per­spec­tives to en­sure the com­mu­ni­ties are well sup­ported.

“Con­tin­u­ing to strengthen our re­la­tion­ships with our com­mu­ni­ties through mu­tual re­spect, ac­tive part­ner­ship and long term com­mit­ment, is IOC’s fo­cus,” Heather Bruce-Veitch, IOC’s di­rec­tor of ex­ter­nal re­la­tions, said. “This MOU demon­strates IOC’s com­mit­ment to our em­ploy­ees and the cit­i­zens of Labrador West, by the shar­ing of best prac­tice skills and equip­ment, this en­sures health and safety are a pri­or­ity for all of us.”

Bar­bara Blake, who was re­cently ap­pointed in­terim chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer of Labrador Gren­fell Health, agrees.

“Labrador-Gren­fell Health is very pleased to con­tinue and for­mal­ize its long-stand­ing re­la­tion­ship with Iron Ore Com­pany of Canada in Labrador West by sign­ing the MOU for mu­tual aid in the pro­vi­sion of emer­gency med­i­cal ser­vices,” she said. “This is an­other great ex­am­ple of the pos­i­tive com­mu­nity part­ner­ships, par­tic­u­larly be­tween staff and ser­vices based at

the Labrador West Health Care Cen­tre and IOC. This ul­ti­mately sup­ports the health and safety of res­i­dents in the Health Author­ity’s re­gion.”

The agree­ment is in place for a year with an op­tion to be re­newed for an­other three.

Left to right Are: Cam Bar­ney, Man­ager of Paramedicine and Emer­gency Ser­vices with LGH; Jor­dan (Rob) Par­rill, Co­or­di­na­tor Emer­gency Ser­vices, IOC; Ken Whit­ten, Su­per­in­ten­dent Emer­gency Ser­vices and Se­cu­rity, IOC; An­toinette Cabot, Re­gional Di­rec­tor of Pop­u­la­tion Health, Am­bu­la­tory Care and Paramedicine, LGH; Wanda Slade, Site Man­ager Labrador West Health Cen­tre, LGH; and Christa Ker­font, Ad­vi­sor Com­mu­ni­ca­tions and Ex­ter­nal Re­la­tions, IOC.

MIKE POWER/SPE­CIAL TO THE AURORA

Ken Whit­ten, su­per­in­ten­dent of emer­gency ser­vices and se­cu­rity with the Iron Ore Com­pany of Canada, left, and An­toinette Cabot, re­gional di­rec­tor of pop­u­la­tion health, am­bu­la­tory care and paramedicine with Labrador Gren­fell Health.

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