EMS is a fast paced environment that is always changing and growing. In this fast paced environment it critical that Prairie EMS staff are highly skilled and trained. Moreover, we provide our staff with the best equipment available so they can provide the best medical care and treatment to the citizens of our communities.
Prairie EMS strives to be a leader in the Paramedic profession. Though high standards of knowledge and skill, and along with compassion and professionalism Prairie EMS positively impacts the health and wellbeing of the people we serve. PEMS is committed to employing highly professional, well-educated EMRs, PCPs and ACPs.
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Emergency Responder Levels and Requirements
EMR - EMR's must take a two week course in advanced first aid and must be registered with the College of Paramedics in Alberta. Most EMRs work in the oil field industry.
Primary Care Paramedic (PCP) - A PCP must take a course that involves school study and practicum work and is usually completed in about a year. To work on an ambulance, PCPs must be registered with the College of Paramedics in Alberta. A PCP can work with another PCP on a BLS ambulance or can be paired with an ACP on an ALS ambulance. PEMS employs a number of PCPs for both ALS and BLS services.
Advanced Care Paramedic (ACP) - ACPs must take a 2000 hour course after completion of both EMR and PCP programs. The ACP course consists of course work and three practicums. An ACP is certified to perform a number of advanced skills in the field. They are able to recognize and treat cardiac events, administer medications and provide invasive emergency procedures such as intubation, etc. An ACP must be registered with the Alberta College of Paramedics to work on an ambulance within Alberta.
All PEMS staff work under the direction of a medical physician and a QI/QA department that routinely audits patient care reports. Prairie EMS works collaboratively with Alberta Health Services to train staff and implement new policies and procedures.