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Halton celebrates Paramedic Day with an up-close look at the job

While Paramedic Services Week ended on a rainy Saturday, the community still came out to get an up-close look at what the job looks like

Despite the rainy Saturday that marked the end of Paramedic Services Week, multiple local communities still came out to get an up-close look at the job of a Halton paramedic at Oakville's Woodlands Operation Centre.

Initially planned as an outdoor event, everything was moved indoors to an ambulance bay due to the rain. Stations were set up to allow attendees to get up close to paramedics and learn about their jobs. These stations included CPR/AED demonstrations, first aid, a tactical gear display, and various skills stations.

Responding to over 55,000 calls and transporting over 35,000 people each year, it takes a special type of person to be a local paramedic.

According to Greg Sage, Halton’s chief of paramedic services, "A great paramedic is someone who is compassionate, somebody who can think on their feet, somebody who doesn't need to live in the black and white, you need to be able to adapt."

Sage was joined by Regional Chair Gary Carr, MPP Stephen Crawford, MPP Ted Arnott, and other elected officials at the event to recognize the service along with community members and their families.

"Paramedic Day to me is a chance for the community to come out and meet the team and really learn about the amazing things they do," said Sage. 

"Most people will not interact with a paramedic in the course of their life, they may see them at a coffee shop, they may see them on the street, they may see them at an emergency, this gives them an opportunity to really meet them, get to know them as people and really get to hear from the team what they do and the things they bring to the community."

Event volunteer Alyssa Samayoa admitted that being a paramedic can be difficult. "I don't think a lot of people know about the emotional toll that it takes on paramedics, the traumatic things that they see that normal people wouldn't see every day," she said. 

Halton Region has more than 270 paramedics supporting four hospitals, with 15 stations, and 36 ambulances.

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Ben Brown is a local news reporter from Oakville, Ontario, a graduate from WIlfrid Laurier University and a self-published author. His main focus is reporting on crime, local businesses and achievements, and general news assignments throughout town
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