Emergency Medical Services
|On January 1, 2001, the Cochrane District Social Services Administration Board (CDSSAB) as the Designated Delivery Agent became responsible for the provision of Land Ambulance Services within the District of Cochrane. This transfer of responsibility from the Province
is a result of amendments made to the Ambulance Act by Bill
152. The legislation established a two-year transition period
to permit the Upper-Tier Municipalities to assume full responsibility
for land ambulance operations on or before January 1, 2000.
The January 1, 2000 deadline was subsequently extended to January
1, 2001 and a cost sharing mechanism,
on a 50-50
between the CDSSAB and the MOH<C has been implemented,
retroactive to January 1, 1999.
Fundamental Principles of EMS
On December 16, 1999, the Board of
Directors for the Cochrane District Social Services Administration
Board passed resolution 99-88 to assume and ensure the provision
of land ambulance service in accordance with specific fundamental
principles. These fundamental principles as provided for in the
resolution stipulates that:
service will be accessible, integrated, seamless, accountable
land ambulance service provided is in accordance with the Ambulance
Act Regulations, and other relevant legislation.
In addition, the Board was required
to determine which mode of service delivery would best suit our
northeastern environment and those options included:
Provide the service directly;
a Request for Proposal (RFP) to select the best quality, best
price provider of service;
into an agreement with one or more of the existing land ambulance
operators if they meet certification requirements.
Based upon a thorough district-wide
review of our services, the present capabilities of the CDSSAB and
the existing operators and input from community stakeholders, it
was recommended that the CDSSAB contract with the existing ambulance
service providers. A division of the CDSSAB was created to identify
Land Ambulance Services and is collectively known throughout the
District as "Cochrane District EMS".
The CDSSAB contracted with existing
Service Providers for a period of one year. On January 1, 2002,
the CDSSAB commenced direct delivery of ambulance services in Timmins
and South Porcupine, the largest services within the District.
On October 1, 2003, the CDSSAB commenced
direct delivery of ambulance services in the communities of Matheson,
Iroquois Falls and Cochrane.
The CDSSAB continues to contract
with hospital-based services located in Hearst, Kapuskasing and
Smooth Rock Falls. The Mattice First Response Team operates from
the municipal offices located in that community and receives operational
support and direction from the CDSSAB and the Notre Dame Hospital
The district compliment of approximately
100 full and part-time Basic Life Support Paramedics respond to
an annual average in excess of 14,000 calls. The current vehicle
fleet consists of approximately 24 ambulances, 2 Emergency Support
Units and 1 Emergency Response Unit. Volunteer Bicycle Paramedics
provide additional ambulance coverage for special events throughout
the District during the summer months.
Further information on Land
Ambulance Services within the Cochrane District, can be obtained
Mr. Jean Carriere
Director, Emergency Medical
Cochrane District Social Services Administration Board
500, Algonquin Blvd. East
Timmins, ON P4N 1B7