Community Ambulance Services:
Prairie EMS's first focus is emergency medical care for the communities in which it operates. Every community has a unique set of needs and Prairie EMS provides a professional, cost effective solution. PEMS offers two levels of services:
Basic Life Support (BLS)
Services consist of two PCP’s (Primary Care Paramedics) on the ambulance.
Advanced Life Support (ALS)
Service consists of at least one ACP (Advanced Care Paramedic) and one PCP on the ambulance. ACPs have a wide scope in which they are able to operate under. ACPs have the ability to treat heart attacks, trauma patients, administer medications and intubate (tubing the airway to support breathing).
Prairie EMS provides ALS, BLS and NAT (Non-Ambulance Transport) transfers to hospitals and care centers in their regions. Many patients will need to be transferred to other hospital for tests, higher level of care, surgeries etc. Prairie EMS ALS transfers are able to accommodate very high needs patients and can call in additional staff in certain circumstances.
Prairie EMS provides on-site stand by medical care for special events. These events consist of motocross races, road bike races, cart races, rodeos, oil patch work, plant turnarounds and large community events. Both ALS and BLS service are available for standby. Prairie EMS can also provide staff for on-site clinical events.
Working With Other Agencies
Prairie EMS also works closely with a variety of other agencies. Staff work directly with the RCMP in various situations such as motor vehicle collisions or when a patient may be violent. Prairie EMS also uses STARS when transport time is critical. When STARS is utilized, Prairie EMS has stabilized the patient(s) and then turns care over to STARS for rapid transport to a hospital in Edmonton. Prairie EMS also works with other ambulance services when the need arises.
In The Community
Prairie EMS takes great pride in the communities in which it operates. Presently, Prarie EMS is involved with programs like the Party Program where junior high school students are educated about the dangers of high risk behaviours. Prairie EMS participates with the Party Program coordinator, the RCMP, local Fire Departments and the special guests to help the teenagers learn to make good decisions.
Other ways that Prairie EMS is involved in the community includes: blood pressure clinics, supporting local sports teams, attending community events and helping the local swimming pool, fire department with medical equipment training, seniors safety awareness training, hospital assistance, AED awareness, training and support and community fundraising events.