Clarence-Rockland opposes Fire-Medic pilot project
Clarence-Rockland has recently presented its opposition to Bill 160 to the United Counties of Prescott-Russell. Bill 160, Strengthening Quality and Accountability for Patients Act, suggests creating a pilot project of “Fire-Medics” in certain municipalities. Fire-Medics refer to cross-trained firefighters that would be able to perform certain paramedic duties. The hope is that these Fire-Medics would be able to respond to certain calls that are not usually handed to the fire department. The City of Clarence-Rockland opposes Bill 160 for the financial impacts it would have. It is important to note that no financial changes would be made after the implementation of Fire-Medics. Paramedics are 50 per cent funded by the province, whereas the fire department receives no funding. Bill 160 has been carried into its second reading in October.