Grey County marks Paramedic Services Week

Paramedic Services

Grey County paramedics will celebrate their work next week.

May 26 to June 1 is Paramedic Services Week in Canada. The theme this year is “Celebrating Successes” to showcase the vital role paramedics play in the health of Canadians.

Director of Paramedic Services Kevin McNab said they provide compassionate medical care to anyone who dials 911 and also visit vulnerable patients in non-emergency settings.

Grey County has a full schedule planned for Paramedic Services Week. On Tuesday, May 28, an ambulance and mobile base will be on display at Keady Market. Market goers can stop by and chat with a paramedic and learn about the equipment and the services provided to the community.

Thursday, May 30 is the Paramedic Services Appreciation Luncheon featuring the Second Chance Reunion, which cardiac arrest survivors reunite with the paramedics who helped save their lives. This year five “saves” will be recognized along with multiple director’s awards for exceptional service. This is a private event for paramedics, survivors, their families and other guests.

“Stuff the Ambulance” food drives are planned in Thornbury, Hanover and Owen Sound. On Wednesday, May 29, paramedics will be at Foodland in Thornbury from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. On May 30, they will be at Grant’s Independent Grocer in Hanover from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The final food drive of the week will be held on May 31 at Zhers in Owen Sound from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

All donations support local food banks. Since 2010, Grey County Paramedics have collected nearly 30,000 kilograms of food.

“Grey County paramedics provide compassionate medical care for anyone who dials 911. They also proactively work with our aging and vulnerable population by visiting patients in non-emergency settings,” explains Kevin McNab, director of paramedic services. “Paramedics overcome many challenges on the job. This year we’re looking forward to being out in the community, celebrating with the people we serve.”

Finally, Grey County is extending Paramedic Services Week to include a special blood drive. Sirens for Life will run at the Owen Sound Legion, 1450 2nd Ave. W on June 5 from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.