Mutual aid agreement signed between mines and town
IOC and Grenfell Health will assist each other on medical emergencies
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.
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.