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Southwest Oakville Station Updates

This page will provide you with information and updates about the development of the Southwest Oakville paramedic station at 1258 Rebecca Street, Oakville (external link) (formerly St. Hilda’s Anglican Church).

New CPR/AED Training Videos

In this series of videos, Halton Region Paramedic Services provides basic instruction for responding to a cardiovascular emergency.

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Halton Region’s Paramedic Services operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Primary Care Paramedics and Advanced Care Paramedics provide emergency medical services to residents in Burlington, Halton Hills, Milton, and Oakville. The typical cost of an ambulance trip is $45 to the patient, but there are some exceptions (external link).

Paramedic Services 10-Year Master Plan

On May 27, 2015, Halton Regional Council approved the Paramedic Services 10-Year Master Plan. The plan serves as a blueprint for operational, capital and organizational decisions related to the delivery of paramedic services from 2015 to 2025. The plan employs many strategies and tactics to maintain and improve paramedic response times to keep pace with our growing and aging population.

Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) Toolkit for Workplaces

Implementing an Automated External Defibrillation (AED) program at your organization can save lives. This toolkit is meant to be a simple guide to help you with any questions you might have regarding the process of implementing an AED program at your organization.

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  • In Halton, emergency medical services are provided 24 hours a day, 7 days a week from 11 stations located throughout the region in Burlington, Halton Hills (Georgetown & Acton), Oakville, and Milton.
  • The service is comprised of 184 paramedics with a fleet of 34 emergency response vehicles.
  • Halton Region Paramedic Services responds to over 50,000 call for service annually servicing over 450,000 Halton residents.
  • Medical direction and regular training provided by Sunnybrook Center for Prehospital Medicine (external link) ensures that paramedic skills are current and well practiced.
  • Halton Region Paramedic Services has a number of tactical paramedics who work closely with the Halton Region Police Tactical Rescue Unit (external link) to provide emergency medical support during high-risk situations.
  • Halton Region Paramedic Services also deploys a Bike Medic patrol to various community events held annually throughout the region, which enables paramedics to respond to emergencies in small, contained areas that might not be accessible by an ambulance vehicle.
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  • All paramedics provide basic life support, and some advanced life support skills. All paramedics provide cardiac defibrillation and the administration of symptom relief medications.
  • An Advanced Care Paramedic is trained to provide additional Advanced Life Support (ALS) skills. Advanced Care Paramedics can perform a number of controlled medical acts and provide a wider range of pre-hospital treatment options to patients.
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  • One of the larger public awareness programs promoted by Paramedic Services is Halton’s Public Access Defibrillation program which focuses on coordinating the placement of Automated External Defibrillators (AED) in strategic locations throughout the community where there is a chance someone could suffer a cardiac arrest.
  • To learn more about this program, visit our section on public access defibrillation.

In addition to public access defibrillation, paramedics provide education about:

  • CPR
  • Car Seat Safety
  • Injury Prevention – Paramedics participate in programs such as RiskWatch (external link), which is delivered to elementary school level children. They also participate in CHAT (Community & Hospital Against Trauma), an awareness program designed to inform teens about the dangers of risk taking behaviours such as speeding, cliff jumping, mixing alcohol/drugs with driving, swimming etc.
  • Paramedics also work closely with the Early Years program, in providing education for new parents on prevention of childhood injuries and first aid and CPR techniques.
  • Paramedics regularly conduct presentations/demonstrations at schools and community events across Halton.
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CPR trainingHalton Paramedic Services offers CPR training to any community group of 10 or more people. All CPR courses focus on the 5 links in the Chain of Survival. To learn more about CPR training and how you can arrange for a training course, visit our section on CPR.

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  • Image of Halton EMS Bike MedicsThe Bike Medic program enables paramedics to respond to emergencies in small, contained areas that might not be accessible by an ambulance vehicle.
  • Bike Medics carry equipment that allows them to treat the same life threatening emergencies as a regular paramedic crew.
  • Bike Medics are a regular feature at many large community events in Halton, such as the annual Sound of Music festival in Burlington and Waterfront festival in Oakville.
  • In addition to providing emergency medical services, the Bike Medics promote bike safety to children and the public.
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RecruitmentAll paramedics must take a two-year college level Primary Care Paramedic course. Following successful completion of the required college diploma, prospective candidates must undergo a certification process administered by the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC), before becoming paramedics. To learn more, visit our page on recruitment.

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