Minden Hills, and all other Ontario municipalities, not interested in pilot project in which firefighters would respond to paramedic calls
Haliburton County Ambulance. Photo by Kenny Trenton/93.5 Moose FM/Vista Radio
Minden Hills is concerned with the province trying to force a pilot project on unwilling municipalities.
The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care asked two communities last year to volunteer to test a model in which firefighters would respond to paramedic calls deemed less serious.
Council unanimously passed a resolution yesterday calling on the province to not use arbitration to force two municipalities to test the project.
Mayor Brent Devolin says none of the 444 municipalities in Ontario are offering to participate in the test.
Two major concerns to municipalities are costs and liability.
Paramedic services are split 50-50 between the province and lower-tier governments while municipalities cover the entire bill for fire services.
Polticians are also worried about potential liability because firefighters don’t have the same training as paramedics.
Devolin doesn’t feel this proposal will work in rural Ontario.
You can see a copy of the resolution here.