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October 10, 2019

 

Eleven paramedics complete specialized Advanced Care training

Graduates completed a challenging three-year program, offered by the Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service

Released: 10:00 a.m.

Winnipeg, MB – At a graduation ceremony this morning, Mayor Brian Bowman, Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service Chief John Lane, and community partners celebrated the success of the City’s 11 new Advanced Care Paramedics (ACP).

The graduates completed a challenging three-year program, offered by the Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service (WFPS) consisting of classroom learning, as well as hospital and field training to achieve the highest level of paramedic education available in Manitoba.

“On behalf of all Winnipeg residents, I congratulate our newest Advanced Care Paramedics graduating this year,” said Mayor Brian Bowman. “You have all worked hard to get to this next step in your career and you should be very proud of this impressive accomplishment. We thank you for being there for Winnipeggers, providing important medical care, and for your ongoing commitment to delivering compassionate support to Winnipeggers in their times of need.”

“Advanced Care Paramedics make a significant difference in the lives of many Winnipeggers who require emergency care,” said WFPS Chief John Lane. “As emergency medicine evolves, it is becoming increasingly complex. Our Advanced Care Paramedics embrace these changes and provide the highest level of emergency medicine in any scenario. I congratulate the graduates for this accomplishment and hard work in successfully completing the ACP program.”

As part of their commitment to the community, the ACP class members came together to make a donation to the Manitoba Metis Federation (MMF). Their donation will help purchase the MMF building’s first-ever Automated External Defibrillator (AED). Thomas Paurnteau, MMF’s Youth Training Coordinator, will be in attendance to receive the donation.

About the Advanced Care Paramedic program

Students selected into the ACP program commit themselves to three years of intensive study while continuing to work as WFPS Paramedics. The ACP program provides education for these students to broaden their understanding of disease and traumatic injury and the management thereof using specialized skills and additional responsibilities.

To practice as an ACP, graduates of the program must obtain licensure through challenging a national registry exam. WFPS is committed to a high standard of patient care. These graduates will bring the complement of front line ACPs to approximately 150.

The WFPS ACP program is nationally accredited by Accreditation Canada. Accreditation Canada works with organizations to improve the quality of health and social services offered to the public as well as quality of education in paramedicine and other allied health programs.

Eastbound Stradbrook Avenue temporarily closed overnight this Friday to Saturday for crane work

Released: 11:15 a.m.

Winnipeg, MB – Eastbound Stradbrook Avenue, between Donald Street and Harkness Avenue will be temporarily closed from 7 p.m. this Friday, October 11, until 5 a.m. on Saturday morning, October 12, for crane work.

Motorists are encouraged to use alternate routes during this time.

For Transit re-route and schedule information, follow @transitalerts or contact 311.

For regular updates on City of Winnipeg lane closures and to view lane closures on an interactive map, please visit City of Winnipeg - Regional Lane Closures.

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City crews continue salting operations today with plowing of major streets and bus routes to begin at 11 p.m.

Motorists are urged to use extra caution and to drive to winter conditions

Released: 1:30 p.m.

Winnipeg, MB – City crews continue to monitor road conditions and will continue to spread salt on main routes as needed to improve traction on the roadways throughout the day. A plowing operation on priority one and two streets and sidewalks will commence tonight at 11 p.m.

There are no winter parking bans currently in effect.

Motorists are advised to:

  • Factor in additional travel time to get to destinations
  • Slow down to a safe travel speed for winter conditions
  • Allow appropriate stopping distances
  • Stay Back, Stay Safe from heavy equipment that is working

Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service responds to fires on Magnus Avenue and Pritchard Avenue

Released: 4:30 p.m.

Winnipeg, MB – At 10:31 a.m. on October 10, 2019, the Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service (WFPS) responded to reports of a fire in a garage in the 1500 block of Magnus Avenue.

Upon arrival on scene, crews encountered a fire in the garage, and power lines that had fallen in the area. Manitoba Hydro was advised. Crews launched an offensive attack, very quickly declaring the fire under control.

No injuries were reported.

At 10:37 a.m., the WFPS responded to reports of a fire in a single-family home in the 1600 block of Pritchard Avenue.

Upon arrival on scene, crews encountered smoke coming from the roof of the home and power lines that had fallen in the area. Manitoba Hydro was advised. Crews launched an offensive attack. The fire was declared under control at 11:16 a.m.

All occupants of the home self-evacuated prior to crew arrival and no injuries were reported.

Preliminary observations suggest both fires were caused by downed power lines that had fallen on the buildings. No damage estimates are available.

Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service responds to a house fire on Somerville Avenue

Released: 9:31 p.m.

Winnipeg, MB – At 6:46 p.m. on October 10, 2019, the Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service (WFPS) responded to reports of a house fire in a one-storey house in the 1100 block of Somerville Avenue.

Upon arrival on scene, crews encountered flames and smoke coming from the home. Crews launched an offensive attack, quickly declaring the fire under control at 7:10 p.m.

There were no evacuations required and no injuries reported.

The cause of the fire is under investigation. No damage estimates are available.

October 11, 2019