May 19, 2022
National Paramedic Services Week (May 22-28, 2022) honours the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) profession and recognizes the professionals who provide this vital public service. This year, through social media and other digital opportunities, AHS is offering a behind the scenes look at the work of EMS within the healthcare system and our communities.
AHS EMS operates 515 ground ambulances in Alberta, plus 11 medical aircraft. Approximately 5,600 EMS staff and paramedics respond to more than 589,000 911 events each year, or about 1,600 calls each day.
Our frontline responders are also active in Public Education and Emergency and Disaster Management Response, when Albertans need emergency medical assistance on a large scale.
Paramedics are often the very first point of contact for a patient entering the healthcare system and while most Albertans would be familiar with EMS 911 response, AHS EMS paramedics offer services to patients in a variety of ways, including:
Many groups and individuals within EMS also provide vital support services, including Clinical Educators and the Vehicle Equipment Supply Service Technicians (VESST).
EMS paramedics are proud to serve Albertans. To learn more about what they do each day, follow AHS EMS on X and Facebook. You can also share your thanks for their work, through Thank a Paramedic - thankaparamedic.com .
Alberta Health Services is the provincial health authority responsible for planning and delivering health supports and services for more than four million adults and children living in Alberta. Its mission is to provide a patient-focused, quality health system that is accessible and sustainable for all Albertans.