Cla­rence-Ro­ck­land op­poses Fire-Me­dic pi­lot pro­ject

Vision (Canada) - - Actualites ● News - —Alexia Marsillo

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.

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