May 23-29 marks National Paramedic Services Week. Lakeland Connect would like to join all Albertans in thanking our paramedic heroes for the critical work they do across the province every day, no matter the time of day or night.
Paramedics are often faced with difficult situations and arrive first on the scene with one thing in mind, and that’s to help people in need– offering care, compassion, and life-saving skills in both critical and non-urgent situations.
“As front-line healthcare providers, paramedics play a key role in Alberta’s pandemic response. Paramedics are providing testing and vaccinations while continuing to deliver essential care to Albertans, at a time of unprecedented risk to themselves and their families,” Minister of Health Tyler Shandro said. “In years before the COVID-19 pandemic, Alberta’s paramedics have put on some tremendous Paramedic Services Week events, allowing everyone the opportunity to see up close the work they do, and the exemplary people and professionals they are. This year, I know many paramedics are celebrating by sharing photos and stories on social media, and they would welcome likes, shares, and personal comments from Albertans in appreciation and support.”
One of those Paramedics working with EMS in the Lakeland Region is Alicia Krawchuck.
“The theme this year is the paramedic is educator citizen ready,” Krawchuck told Lakeland Connect from the back of an ambulance. “The importance of that is that paramedics educate the public about the services that we provide, and about how to maintain, you know, a healthy lifestyle. So we’re going to do a couple of things this week on our Facebook page, we’re going to do some education pieces. Each day we will have a different theme, but today what we’re going to do is just talk about ambulance services in general, and when and why to call an ambulance, and why it’s so important to use the services that are available to you when necessary.”
911 is one of those services.
“A lot of people do think that you know it’s quicker if I drive myself into the hospital,” Krawchuck said. “The importance of calling an ambulance is that we can come to provide treatment to you on-site, which gets medicine to you quicker.”
Krawchuck says that EMS provides some interesting and unique services.
“Life-saving interventions that we can bring to you, which saves time,” Krawchuck said. “It saves more time, bringing the medicine to you than you driving yourself in and I mean it’s really not that safe for you to drive yourself in when you’re having an emergency.”
If you need help you should never hesitate to call 911 Krawchuck says.
It’s better to be safe than sorry.
“You should call 911 if it crosses your mind, then go ahead and call, and everything will get sorted out on the phone with the dispatcher, if you know is decided that oh no, this was a false alarm. There’s nothing wrong with that,” Krawchuck said.
Lakeland Connect would like to thank all our EMS workers for all the hard work they do and for keeping our community safe.
If you would like to thank a paramedic on social media you can do so at #WeCareInTheLakeland