May 23-29 is Paramedic Services Week, a time to celebrate the work of our hardworking first responders who are there for Ontarians when we need them the most.
OPSEU/SEFPO proudly represents thousands of paramedics and ambulance communications officers in Ontario. Because of the commitment of the paramedics in OPSEU/SEFPO, Ontarians have felt safe and supported during this difficult time, knowing that these highly-skilled healthcare professionals will be there for them when they’re at their most vulnerable.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, paramedics have gone above and beyond to protect Ontarians and keep them healthy. They have been working long hours to provide care; performing COVID testing, giving vaccinations, and transporting patients. They perform these services with care, compassion, and consideration for their patients, who rely on them to keep them safe.
At this highly stressful time, many have made the sacrifice of isolating from their families and putting themselves at risk of this deadly virus to keep our healthcare system going. To further strengthen our healthcare system, paramedics in OPSEU/SEFPO have pioneered the expansion of 9-1-1 services they can offer patients. In a number of Ontario communities, they are working alongside healthcare teams in home and community care, reducing the strain on hospitals so that they can keep providing critical care.
This has undoubtedly been one of the most challenging times in the history of our province, and paramedics have been key to keeping our healthcare system strong and saving countless lives. Thank you to these frontline heroes for your dedication to Ontarians.
Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU/SEFPO President
Eduardo (Eddy) Almeida, OPSEU/SEFPO First Vice-President/Treasurer