Province Presents Second Annual Ontario Award for Paramedic Bravery
Paramedics Joe Ferguson and Dale Hodgins with the County of Frontenac Paramedics Services are among 21 paramedics receiving Ontario’s top honours for outstanding bravery.
On a December morning, paramedics Joe Ferguson and Dale Hodgins responded to a call where a car had veered off a road and crashed into a house at the point of the gas meter. The natural gas leakmade for an extremely volatile and unpredictable rescue, yet these paramedics still worked to remove the victim from the vehicle.
In the second annual Ontario Award for Paramedic Bravery ceremony at Queen’s Park, hosted in Toronto by Dr. Eric Hoskins, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, paramedics received awards for their acts of exceptional courage – performed on the job or off-duty – in the face of grave, personal danger.
Supporting the work of paramedics is part of the government’s plan to build a better Ontario through its Patients First: Action Plan for Health Care, which is providing patients with faster access to the right care; better home and community care; the information they need to live healthy; and a health care system that’s sustainable for generations to come.
“I’m proud to honor these outstanding paramedics through Ontario’s Award for Paramedic Bravery. Paramedics play a critical role in the health and safety of Ontarians, providing life-saving care in highly stressful situations. This award reflects our recognition of paramedics’ exceptional commitment to their communities, our appreciation for their courage, and our gratitude for their selfless service.” – Dr. Eric Hoskins, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care
“The County of Frontenac Paramedics perform extraordinary work for our community members every day, providing the care they need with professionalism and compassion at the moments they need it most. These awards are an important initiative to recognize and thank them for their courage, commitment, and enormous contribution to our society.” – Sophie Kiwala, MPP for Kingston and the Islands
- In Ontario, there are three types of paramedics: primary care, advanced care and critical care.
- Paramedics can work for land-based or air ambulance organizations.
- Paramedics undertake rigorous pre-service training through a two-year college or university training program and are regulated by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.