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Guest Speaker: Shaun Taylor
A Day in the lift of an EMS Paramedic

January 5, 2022
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St Thomas Railway City Rotary Club Minutes - December 15, 2021
Attendance:  :Bill, Diane, Kathy, Al, Helen, Anne, Sue, Scott, Wade, Bob, Paul, Sandy, Roland, Eleanor, Dagmar, Mark,  Brian, 
Guests:  Shaun Taylor

Welcome -President Paul @ 5:30 pm

Guest speaker: Shaun Taylor- A day in the life of an Emergency Paramedic during the Pandemic

Prior to being a paramedic, Shaun worked for 12 years with a Medical Devices company as a surgical specialist.  When the company was downsized he went back to school to become a Paramedic  taking an an 18 month accelerated program.  Out of the 55 people enrolled only 18 graduated and only 7 got their provincial certification.  When Shaun started he found out that there had been 131 suicides of paramedics in Canada.  He felt he needed to do something and started up a charity #I've got you back 911.   ( They started out working from home and now have a retail store and warehouse on Talbot St., in St. Thomas.  They have funded 21 service dogs to first responders in need and donate money to mental health organizations who help first responders in need.  

The last two years have been very difficult for front line workers.  When they respond to a call they have to assume that all people are covid positive.  They often get abuse from people when they putting on personal protective equipment to protect themselves before they intervene.  It is a different landscape to pre covid.  There are lots of good parts to the job.  It is rewarding to make a save (bringing back someone with vital signs absent).  Shaun recommended that people who apply to be Paramedics should be over 25 and have some life experience to help them cope with the job.  Only 14% of Paramedics in Toronto retire in the job as it is so stressful.  
There are two kinds of Paramedics - Primary Care Paramedics ({PCP) and Advanced Care Paramedics (ACP).  ACP's have more training and can administer more drugs.  We only have PCP's in Elgin County.  London has a few ACPs.  There are 7 bases for EMS in Elgin County.  The ambulance system is so taxed that there are times when there are 0 ambulances available.  Paramedics work 4 days on and 4 days off doing 12 hours shifts minimum.  Often there is overtime if you are on a call at the end of shift.  Documentation must be very detailed as sometimes paramedics get called to court.  

Thanks to Shaun for a very interesting presentation.  

Other Business
Bill reviewed the program for upcoming meetings.  There will be a board meeting on the Tuesday before the committee meeting in two weeks.  Paul asked members to put forward agenda items for the committee meeting.  

Scott is taking down the lights at the Pinafore Park this Saturday at noon if anyone would like to help him.  Ladder and scissors are needed.  

Helen reminded club members pay club dues asap please.  

Diane thanked everyone for a successful Art and Wine night, particularly Sandy, Anne and Sue.  The club raised $1440.00 for Hospice.  Total donations to the Hospice from the club so far have been  $10,500.00

Happy Bucks
Happy Anniversary to Roland and his wife!  44 years together.  

Scott's daughter Charlotte got married on Dec. 18th.   Congratulations!

Helen reminded members that Happy Bucks are free while we are doing Zoom meetings.  If you wish to donate money for Happy Bucks you can e-transfer to Helen or send money.  

President Paul adjourned meeting.  

Minutes respectfully submitted by
Kathy Court

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