Ambulance Transition Report Released

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Alex Forrest / Statement to the Media
President UFFW

​​​Re: Ambulance Transition Report
As we have said many times before we believe we have one of the best systems in Canada for patient care which is also financially sustainable.
We have advised both levels of government that if the transition does move forward we will assist in any way we can to ensure that the high level of patient care continues in Winnipeg.

Some highlights of the Report:

1) Statistics of the Integrated System: (Page 6)
​# of medical calls in Winnipeg – 71,879 (2016)
​# of medical calls that firefighters paramedics handle solely by fire resources – 13,069 (2016)
​# of medical calls fire resources responded to – 51,465 (2016)

2) High Quality of Patient Care and Fire Protection: (Page 6)
​1) Emergency medical services are provided concurrently with comprehensive fire and rescue response while Winnipeg experience’s the most fires per capita among comparators with significant property loss, injury and fire death ratio.

3) High Quality of Emergency Medical Care: (Page 6)
​1) Winnipeg leads the nation in treatment times and survival rates from ST-elevated Myocardial Infraction ( STEMI, an often lethal type of heart attack)
​2) Mortality has decreased from 15% to 4% over ten years with paramedic 12 lead Electrocardiogram (ECG) acquisition

4) Personal Migration: (Page 9)
​1) Approximately 350 personal would no longer required by the city including almost all MGEU and WFPSOA positions.
​2) There will be no migration or reduction of fire staffing or resources as a result of EMS operational transition
​3) Fire response staffing is based on the National Fire Protection Association 1710 Standard and not the number of medical calls we respond too.