Category Archives: GWPS

Help stuff an emergency vehicle on December 16

December 14, 2017

Guelph, Ont. December 14, 2017 – On Saturday, December 16, the City’s police, firefighters and paramedics will be collecting non-perishable food and cash donations in support of the Guelph Food Bank. The sixth annual Stuff an Emergency Vehicle event will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Guelph Zehrs located at 1045 Paisley Road. This year, organizers are hoping to collect more than 12,000 pounds of food. Since 2012, more than 61,700 pounds and $16,702 in cash has been collected. “Guelph is a caring and generous city, and support of this annual food drive has been amazing. We’re excited to see how many emergency vehicles will be stuffed with much-needed food this year—food that will go to individuals and families in need… Continue reading Help stuff an emergency vehicle on December 16


Paramedics and library staff raising funds to help save lives

October 2, 2017

Guelph, Ont., October 2, 2017 – Today, the Guelph-Wellington Paramedic Service (GWPS) Ride for Heart bike team and Guelph Public Library announced a joint fundraising initiative to help save lives in the community. Donation boxes have been set up at all library branches in Guelph for community members to donate to Heart & Stroke. Monies collected between now and May 31, 2018 will be used to purchase AEDs (automated external defibrillators) for Guelph and Wellington County. According to Heart & Stroke, every 13 minutes in Canada a person experiences cardiac arrest and up to 85 per cent occur in public spaces or homes. “For every minute that defibrillation is delayed the chance of survival drops by seven to 10 per cent. But when early CPR… Continue reading Paramedics and library staff raising funds to help save lives


Celebrating Guelph and Wellington County’s paramedics

September 6, 2017

Guelph, Ont., September 6, 2017 – The Guelph-Wellington Paramedic Service (GWPS) is hosting its fourth annual celebration and awards dinner on Thursday, September 7. The event, hosted at the River Run Centre, is an opportunity for the City of Guelph and Wellington County to recognize and celebrate the work that is done by paramedics locally. The GWPS will present certificates to Michelle Gow (paramedic field superintendent), Joanne Osborne (advanced care county paramedic), and Mike VanderMeulen (paramedic field superintendent)—this year’s recipients of the Governor General Emergency Medical Services Exemplary Service Medal. The trio will be honoured with medals in Ottawa on September 28. Twenty-nine paramedics will also receive pins that recognize their years of service to the community.  Members of the GWPS Ride for Heart bike… Continue reading Celebrating Guelph and Wellington County’s paramedics


Bike medics roll in this summer

May 31, 2017

Guelph, Ont., May 31, 2017 – The Guelph-Wellington Paramedic Service (GWPS) has launched a bike medic program to provide quick response at community events. Earlier this month, 10 paramedics completed medic cyclist training that certifies them with the International Police Mountain Bike Association. The EMS Cyclist certification means that the paramedics are now trained to navigate through crowds and obstacles on a bicycle to provide medical care to patients. Joe Draper, paramedic field superintendent with the GWPS, says the bike medics will be used seasonally at community and special events, including Canada Day, Ribfest, and the University of Guelph homecoming weekend. “It’s about responding to a medical emergency as quickly as possible, and nothing moves more swiftly through a crowd than a bike. Our bike… Continue reading Bike medics roll in this summer


Celebrate Paramedic Services Week

May 29, 2017

Guelph, Ont., May 29, 2017 – In celebration of national Paramedic Services Week, May 28 to June 3, the Guelph-Wellington Paramedic Service is hosting free information sessions on June 2 and 3 at the Old Quebec Street Shoppes, located at 55 Wyndham Street North. The sessions will run from 3 to 9 p.m. on Friday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday. The public is invited to check out a paramedic first response vehicle, watch equipment demonstrations, get career information, and learn about the paramedic’s role in the community. File of Life magnets will also be handed out. Once at home, residents can record critical medical information on the magnet and place it on the outside of the fridge—a place that is highly visible… Continue reading Celebrate Paramedic Services Week


Fifth annual ‘Stuff an Emergency Vehicle’ event happening December 17

December 12, 2016

Guelph, Ont. December 12, 2016 – On Saturday, December 17, the City’s police, firefighters and paramedics will be collecting non-perishable food and cash donations in support of the Guelph Food Bank. The fifth annual ‘Stuff an Emergency Vehicle’ event will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Guelph Zehrs located at 1045 Paisley Road. This year, organizers are hoping to collect more than 10,500 pounds of food. Since 2012, more than 50,000 pounds and almost $14,000 in cash has been collected. “Guelph is a caring and generous city and this annual food drive is one way for our emergency first responders to give back to the community we serve,” says Leanne Swantko, deputy chief of Guelph-Wellington Paramedic Service. “We are excited to… Continue reading Fifth annual ‘Stuff an Emergency Vehicle’ event happening December 17


Defibrillator loaner program launches in Guelph

November 24, 2016

Guelph, Ont., November 24, 2016 – Guelph-Wellington Paramedic Service is launching a new community program designed to help save lives in Guelph, and Wellington county. You are invited to learn more about the Public Access Defibrillator Loaner program—believed to be the first of its kind in Canada—and watch an automated external defibrillator (AED) demonstration at the launch event on Friday, November 25 at 11 a.m. at City Hall. Research shows that victims of cardiac arrest have the best chance of survival when there is early access to cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and defibrillation. “We believe that providing AEDs at community events—where there is no easy or timely access to a defibrillator—can save lives,” says Stephen Dewar, chief of Guelph-Wellington Paramedic Service. What Public Access Defibrillator Loaner… Continue reading Defibrillator loaner program launches in Guelph


Paramedics honoured at annual celebration

September 21, 2016

Public access defibrillators presented to schools, County and City Guelph, Ont., September 21, 2016 – On September 16, the Guelph-Wellington Paramedic Service (GWPS) hosted its third annual celebration and awards dinner at Guelph’s River Run Centre. During the evening, GWPS presented a certificate recognizing primary care paramedic Whipper Watson as a recipient of the Governor General Emergency Medical Services Exemplary Service Medal. This honour was awarded to Watson for performing his duties to the public in an exemplary manner, characterized by the highest standards of good conduct, industry and efficiency. Watson will receive his medal from Honorary Lieutenant General Richard Rohmer at the Ontario Paramedic Chiefs Association gala being held later this month in Collingwood. Seventeen paramedics were recognized for their years of service to… Continue reading Paramedics honoured at annual celebration


Paramedics to be honoured at awards dinner on September 16

September 13, 2016

Guelph, Ont., September 13, 2016 – The Guelph-Wellington Paramedic Service (GWPS) will host its third annual celebration and awards dinner on Friday, September 16. During the evening, GWPS will present a certificate recognizing the recipient of the Governor General Emergency Medical Services Exemplary Service Medal. Service pins will be handed out to paramedics to recognize years of service to the community. GWPS will also recognize individuals who have made contributions to the Community Health Assessment Program, part of the Community Paramedicine initiative. In addition, members of the GWPS Ride for Heart bike team will present public access defibrillators to Maryborough Community Centre, University of Guelph, John McCrae Public School, where a student experienced a cardiac arrest last year, and to the City’s Operations department, located… Continue reading Paramedics to be honoured at awards dinner on September 16


City to start contract negotiations with paramedics, theatre stage employees

October 14, 2015

Collective bargaining will start this month between the City and two of its union groups. Continue reading City to start contract negotiations with paramedics, theatre stage employees


Mayor’s Statement: negotiating with our paramedics and theatrical stage employees

October 14, 2015

Council’s bargaining mandate directs staff to negotiate contracts that are fair to our employees—whose work we value every day, reasonable and affordable for our taxpayers, and within the City’s capacity to pay. Continue reading Mayor’s Statement: negotiating with our paramedics and theatrical stage employees


Guelph-Wellington Emergency Medical Service receives Service Award for Geriatric Excellence

May 28, 2015

Guelph, ON, May 27, 2015 – Guelph-Wellington Emergency Medical Service (GWEMS) was honoured last Friday evening at the 12th annual Service Awards for Geriatric Excellence. GWEMS took home a Service Award for Geriatric Excellence in the organization category for its Community Paramedicine Program and for demonstrating dedication, leadership and innovation towards care of seniors in the community. Jane McKinnon Wilson, of the Canadian Mental Health Association, Waterloo Wellington Dufferin branch, put forth the nomination and there were five other nominees. “We are honoured to receive a SAGE in recognition of the Community Paramedicine Program. This award highlights our dedication, leadership and innovation in providing the highest quality pre-hospital patient care to our aging population through the integration of medical and social services across Guelph and… Continue reading Guelph-Wellington Emergency Medical Service receives Service Award for Geriatric Excellence


City launches new in-home safety tool for vulnerable residents

April 10, 2015

File of Life program gives emergency responders access to patient medical history Guelph, ON, April 10, 2015 – The City of Guelph’s emergency services has launched a new in-home safety tool for Guelph and Wellington County residents who have serious or complicated medical histories. The File of Life program, which replaces Vial for Life, gives emergency first responders quick access to a patient’s medical history during an emergency. In the past a patient’s medical history was written on a piece of paper and placed inside a medicine bottle stored in the fridge. A Vial for Life fridge magnet would indicate to an emergency first responder of its existence. However, the medicine bottle’s location wasn’t always easy to find. With the new program, supported by Safe… Continue reading City launches new in-home safety tool for vulnerable residents