Post Number: 1
|Posted on Wednesday, September 15, 2004 - 10:11 pm: ||
I would like to take this opportunity to thank a large number of people.
I will start with Daniel Whitworth who took on the job of Duty Manager for the 2004 CNE.
Daniel used up two weeks of vacation time, from his real job, to plan and run the CNE this year.
He had some help from a number of dedicated volunteers but Daniel deserves a loud round of applause for his dedication to St. John Ambulance and his support to the Community at large.
"Bravo Daniel job well done!"
There are a lot of other members who also took valuable time from their families, and places of employment, to serve the Community and I applaud them as well.
Over the 18 days of the 2004 CNE we had, on average, 18 members each day who treated 205 Patients in total.
Thank you all, you know who you are.
I would also like to make mention of the one major incident that took place during the CNE.
On the last day, and closing in on the last hour of the 2004 CNE, a ride known as the G-Force came to an abrupt stop, in mid flight, resulting in a very hard landing.
St. John Ambulance had 16 members on the grounds at this time, some getting ready to go off shift.
When the call came over the radio all members immediately rose to the challenge.
It was reported to me by Daniel Whitworth that all were eager to respond to the emergency but waited for instructions.
This resulted in an organized response that all present should be proud of.
All too often we are referred to as wannabe's and ambulance chasers, however, when St. John Ambulance Volunteers are put to the test, we prove, time and time again, that we are true professionals.
I am extremely proud, and honored, to be a part of an organization made up of people such as yourselves.
You and your loved ones can be proud.
There is a certificate of recognition in the works but in the meantime, St. John Ambulance and the Community, wish to thank:
These people were the Independent Patient Care Providers who worked side by side with Toronto EMS, Toronto Fire and Toronto Police treating the injured riders of the G-Force.
We are all aware that St. John is going through some changes, and most of us do not like change.
Some will take every opportunity to buck the system in an effort to stop change, while others will work with the changes, in an effort to move forward.
I personally wish to thank you for having the commitment and dedication to do what we do, and for not sitting on the side lines and watching the world pass by.
My hat is off to all of you,
Chuck McCormack SBStJ
Post Number: 46
|Posted on Thursday, September 16, 2004 - 08:37 pm: ||
I was watching City Pulse that last night and saw on the first clips out (since they were live on the scene when it happened) of our SJA Members treating the casualties on the G-Force. It then showed the paramedics wheeling casualties through a crowd.
The next day City Pulse was showing the same clips, but other stations were only showing the later clips and saying "paramedics were on the scene immediately" and were wheeling away the casualties through the crowd.
I was glad to see your people getting recognition on at least the one TV station!
At least City Pulse had it right.
Post Number: 82
|Posted on Thursday, September 16, 2004 - 09:01 pm: ||
I agree completly, i don't think we get enough recignition. like really do you ever see stuff on TV or in the papers saying that St. John Ambulance responded to a call? Every time St. John Ambulance members do something its always the paramedics that get the publicity, no offence to the paramedics at all, I know a lot of Paramedics and its not their fault, its the news stations fault. I think that if we get more publicity, for the good reasons, that it would bring us more members. Just my opinion. Also congrats to the people that responded to that call!
Simon Martin, A-EMCA, CCP(Flight)
Post Number: 7
|Posted on Thursday, September 16, 2004 - 09:16 pm: ||
I understand how you feel about recognition, but all I can say is GOOD LUCK. It is hard enough for full-time ambulance/EMS services to get positive press. The problem is that the medics get in and take the patients away, and leave before any media arrives. So all that is left is the fire captain or cops to make a statement. Toronto EMS has come a long way in this regards, by having supervisors stay on scene to talk to the media, but most agencies lag way behind. We get a fair bit of good press but only because people love taking pictures of our big noisy helicopter, and we are usually at the biggest/most serious incidents. The way to get more press time, is to have supervisory personel on-scene, who are authorized to speak to the media, and issue press releases with photos after incidents. Otherwise they talk to whoever they can find.
Post Number: 262
|Posted on Thursday, September 30, 2004 - 04:39 pm: ||
" Toronto EMS has come a long way in this regards, by having supervisors stay on scene to talk to the media, but most agencies lag way behind."
Great point. Stirs up a thought in my mind: before we get more press with the media, we need to have designated St John Ambulance PR personnel to talk to the media. We wouldn't know what to say and what NOT to say to the media. And if we say something incorrectly, you can count on the press jumping on that and using it any way they want to get more audience.
Post Number: 86
|Posted on Friday, October 01, 2004 - 12:05 am: ||
For those who missed seeing the news, here are some clips... get 'em while they're hot (and before they get taken down)...
CTV News/NewsNet: (Windows MediaPlayer)
Temporarily at... http://www.sja-southwestern.on.ca/resources/ptcare/cne.asf (WinAmp)
Temporarily at... http://www.sja-southwestern.on.ca/resources/ptcare/roughride 040907.ram (RealPlayer)