Eight to be Honoured with Third Annual Ontario Award for Paramedic Bravery
Ontario is honouring paramedics from across the province with the Ontario Award for Paramedic Bravery, given to those who have displayed exceptional acts of courage — performed on the job or off-duty — in the face of grave, personal danger.
Dr. Eric Hoskins, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, will present the awards to eight paramedics in a ceremony taking place on the evening of Wednesday, May 31st at Queen’s Park in Toronto.
The recipients are being recognized for their individual acts of outstanding courage, including removing a trapped driver from a burning vehicle, helping a victim trapped in a collapsed excavation site while there was still a risk of further collapse and helping a hypothermic victim across a river.
The province is thanking these eight individuals for their selfless and courageous acts, and thanking each and every paramedic across the province for their service.
- The Ontario Award for Paramedic Bravery recognizes paramedics for individual acts of outstanding courage.
- 46 paramedics have received the award since it was first presented in 2015.
- There are approximately 8,000 paramedics working for certified ambulance services across the province.
- In 2016, approximately 1.7 million ambulances were dispatched and approximately 1.1 million patients were transported in Ontario.
- In Ontario, there are three levels of paramedics: primary care paramedics, advanced care paramedics and critical care paramedics.
- Paramedics undertake rigorous pre-service training through a two-year college or university-based training program and are regulated by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.
“Today, we recognize the remarkable courage shown by these paramedics through Ontario`s Award for Paramedic Bravery. Each of the honourees went above and beyond to provide care in dangerous circumstances and demonstrated their exceptional commitment to keep communities safe.” — Dr. Eric Hoskins, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care
“Today’s ceremony publicly recognizes the exceptional commitment that Ontario’s Paramedics provide each and every day to the communities they serve. Paramedics are often the portal to Ontario’s health care system. They are always in service, demonstrating courage and compassion at the time of most need.” — Chief Neal Roberts, President of the Ontario Association of Paramedic Chiefs and Chief of Middlesex-London EMS