We appreciate you recognizing that there are gaps in the healthcare system, primarily our Ambulance Dispatch system that is outdated and archaic over-prioritzing 70% of 911 calls resulting in a depletion of available ambulances.
Key note in the report, "The investigation found that the night shift of August 6th, 2016, Ottawa Paramedic Service (PS) experienced a high call volume, with two separate call surges that drastically reduced the number of available resources for several hours." Something the Fire Service will never understand since active fires have declined 41% to something virtually rare.
However, once again you failed to identify the most crucial aspects of the report - a lack of available Ottawa ambulances and the absolute necessity to have an ambulance to transport a patient in cardiac arrest.
We support Ontario Firefighters attending on the most crucial of calls CTAS 1 - cardiac arrests, car accidents, unconscious, choking and seizures.
Mr. Rob Hyndman and Mr. Mark Twain and those of OPFFA involved, please cease driving a wedge between Paramedics and Firefighters for your own self-serving interests. It is deteriorating relations which is not in the best public interest of patient care.
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