News Release Archive

Emergency Health Services Nova Scotia, in cooperation with the
School of Emergency Health Services at the QEII Health Sciences
Centre, is currently piloting a first responder program with six
fire departments on the Eastern Shore.

The first responder program is an important initiative in all
areas of the province but in more remote areas it can mean the
difference between life and death. The program provides medical
training to community groups such as fire departments who are
normally the first emergency care group to respond to an

The main role for first responders is to provide emergency care
until an ambulance can arrive at the scene. Training for first
responders includes advanced first aid, basic airway management,
trauma care, CPR and may include defibrillation.

A first responder education coordinator has been hired by the
School of Emergency Health Services at the QEII Health Sciences
Centre to survey the current level of training among these groups
and to develop consistent training standards for the rest of the

Already many fire departments provide medical assistance to their
communities. Emergency Health Services Nova Scotia is working
with these groups to ensure a consistent level of training and
education is available.

Nova Scotia's first responder program has been piloted on the
Eastern Shore for the past eight months. The pilot program has
combined training efforts with representation from the local
ambulance operator, hospital nursing staff and fire departments
in Jeddore/Oyster Pond, Ostrea Lake/Pleasant Point, Musquodoboit
Harbour, Chezzetcook, Lake Echo and Lawrencetown.


Contact: Lori MacLean  902-424-5025

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