Keep Terrace Bay, Schreiber, Nipigon, Red Rock and Beardmore EMS Stations operational

Keep Terrace Bay, Schreiber, Nipigon, Red Rock and Beardmore EMS Stations operational

April 3, 2021
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Thunder Bay Mayor Bill Mauro
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Why this petition matters

Started by Kathie Shermack

SUPERIOR NORTH EMS 2021-2030 PARAMEDIC SERVICES MASTER PLAN proposes to consolidate 4 district stations into 2 (Terrace Bay/Schreiber and Nipgon/Red Rock) and to close one more in Beardmore.  Please read the recommendations as outlined in the SUPERIOR NORTH EMS 2021-2030 PARAMEDIC SERVICES MASTER PLAN:

6.3.1 Recommendation
Two new SNEMS ambulance stations should be constructed to replace the existing twinned northshore stations - Nipigon/Redrock and Schreiber/Terrace Bay. The two new stations should accommodate the current number of ambulances deployed from the existing four stations. The replacement station for Nipigon/Redrock should be located close to the existing Nipigon station in order to provide timely support to the catchment area currently covered by the Beardmore station.
This master plan makes no recommendation for the location of the station to replace the Schreiber/Terrace Bay stations.
Both new stations should be designed by SNEMS, owned and built by District local municipalities or First Nations. SNEMS should occupy the stations as a long-term lease tenant. The long-term lease should cover the construction and maintenance costs of the new bases over their projected life cycle.
The Province will cover 50% of the capital costs for these replacement stations.
This reconfigured two-station model avoids approximately $4 million in station replacement capital costs associated with a status-quo replacement scenario under O Reg 588/17 for the four existing stations.

6.4.1 Recommendation
The existing Beardmore ambulance station should be de-commissioned, and the 12-hour staffed ambulance should be redeployed. The Beardmore unit delivers 8,760 paramedic hours of service annually. 9-1-1 patient transport will be maintained by SNEMS ambulances deployed at Nipigon and Geraldton.
There are two viable redeployment options for the Beardmore 8,760 paramedic hours:
1. Redeploy the Beardmore medic/vehicle hours to City SNEMS in order to address ongoing service demand pressures documented in the SNEMS demand forecast. Consistent with this Master Plan’s patient-centric approach, the Beardmore redeployment would provide much needed paramedic services to a significant number of future City patients.
2. Redeploy the Beardmore medic/vehicle hours across the District in a pattern designed by the SNEMS Chief. The objective would be to reduce down-staffing risk at selected SNEMS District bases - caused by the combination of overnight standby and “rest time” provisions in the collective agreement.
SNEMS/City Council should proceed with implementation of one of these viable re-deployment options as per the timing set out in the master plan’s Implementation Roadmap.
6.4.2 Recommendation
SNEMS should deploy a single paramedic/Paramedic Response Unit (PRU) in Beardmore as leavebehind mitigation for the closure of the Beardmore station. This leave-behind paramedic resource should be staffed ten hours per day/five days per week. This equates to 2,600 annual paramedic hours.
The scheduling of the leave-behind medic/PRU should include the days of the week where the existing community health centre is closed. The community health centre in Beardmore currently operates Monday-Thursday. The net result would be 7 days/week healthcare coverage for Beardmore and close by First Nations communities. The medic/PRU would deliver a mix of 9-1-1 emergency coverage and
coordinated community paramedicine as part of the community health team.
This recommendation must be implemented in seamless coordination with the Beardmore station closure and the re-deployment of the existing 12-hour Beardmore vehicle. On a net basis (implementing both of the above recommendations) the 6,160 paramedic hours leavingthe Beardmore area represent 257 12-hour ambulance shifts - or 4.9 shifts per week.

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