New paramedic post opens at Sauble

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The Bruce County Paramedic Services opened a new paramedic post at the Sauble Beach Fire Hall on Sunday.


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One ambulance will be housed at the post using the smaller bay in a three-bay garage. The other bays are the home to two Sauble fire trucks, said Steve Schaus, director of paramedic services.

The paramedic services are using a trailer parked alongside the garage to house the paramedics between calls, Schaus said.

This is the first year the post has been in operation, and it is scheduled to run until just after Labour Day.

Schaus said the paramedics plan to resubmit for the Sauble post in next year’s budget as well.

“It’s a busy area, obviously,” Schaus said. “Especially with how things have picked up in the last week-and-a-half, the call volume is pretty much back to normal if not a little bit busier. It was quite busy on the weekend. People aren’t staying away.”

Schaus said he wasn’t sure if the recently announced beach closure would impact call volume.

The post will operate from 2 p.m. until 2 a.m.

It’s a satellite post, and will only have temporary supplies on hands and a small number of first-aid supplies for any patients walking to the ambulance post directly from the beach.

“If somebody cuts themselves at the beach, or whatever the case may be,” Schaus said. “I’m sure we’ll get walk-ups.”

Calls for service to the Sauble Beach area normally come out of the paramedic station in Wiarton.

“It should improve response times to Sauble Beach,” Schaus said. “It’s one of those things. Just because you add another truck to the service doesn’t mean it’s going to be stationed there all the time . . . it all depends on call volumes.”

Schaus said if the post is approved again in next year’s budget they may ask to move inside to the fire hall and set up a more permanent lounge for the paramedics.

“That area is set up for meetings and stuff, it’s not like an ambulance station where there would be a common area with couches and TVs for the paramedics to relax between calls. That’s why were utilizing the trailer,” Schaus said.

For now, restocking the ambulances will happen at the Port Elgin or Wiarton ambulance stations.

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