News Laurie Scott curious of pilot project, not ready to pass judgement on proposed Ambulance Act changes SHARE ON: Kenny Trenton, contributor, Friday, Jul. 28th, 2017 Laurie Scott is taking a wait-and-see approach to proposed changes to Ontario’s Ambulance Act. The Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock M.P.P. says the potential changes may help reduce emergency room crowds. Changes discussed include allowing firefighters to respond to non-life threatening situations, and allowing paramedics to transport patients to clinics instead of hospitals. Scott says she wants to see how the pilot projects go. //www.myhaliburtonnow.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/Scott-2-1.mp3 At a recent county council meeting, Warden Brent Devolin said he is concerned how costs would be divided between municipalities and Queen’s Park. The province splits ambulance services with municipalities and counties, but fire services is funded 100 per cent by municipalities. The province plans to try two pilot projects and Scott hopes they are done in urban areas. Devolin is hopeful at least one of the tests is done in a rural area so the county can get a better idea how proposed changes to paramedic services would impact them.