In 1883 Quebec City was the first Canadian branch to teach first aid courses, followed shortly thereafter by the Kingston, Ontario branch. In the next 10 years, St. John grew to be a national organization and by 1892 had 12 branches teaching first aid from coast-to-coast. In those early years, alongside the continued growth in first aid training, St. John also began a proud tradition of volunteer work in our communities. Soon the volunteers of St. John became a common and welcome sight in times of emergency in communities across the country.
Ambulance Road Evacuation
- EMRAS is well capacitated and strategically positioned to rapidly deploy ambulances by road to evacuate the sick or injured.
- To aid in patient care and comfort, the ambulances are manned by trained professionals with experience to manage various medical conditions. EMRAS employs Ambulance Technicians, Emergency Medical Technicians, Registered General Nurses and has Medical Doctors on call in cases of ICU calls to man the ambulances.
- The ambulances are fully equipped with oxygen airway management equipment, IV fluids, emergency drugs, full spinal immobilization equipment, splints, patient monitors defibrillators and where required transport ventilators thereby providing advanced life support (ALS) care when necessary.
- The combination of trained medical personnel and contemporary medical equipment makes the ambulances more of mobile medical facilities than mere transportation vehicles.
- The ambulances are coordinated from the Control Rooms at the respective Bases 24 hours a day.
- Control Rooms are manned by Dispatchers who will take the calls and dispatch ambulances as necessary.
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