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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
basis, between the CDSSAB and the MOH&LTC 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:

The service will be accessible, integrated, seamless, accountable and responsive;
The 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;
Conduct a Request for Proposal (RFP) to select the best quality, best price provider of service;
Enter 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".

Present Service

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 in Hearst.

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 by contacting:

Mr. Jean Carriere
Director, Emergency Medical Services

Cochrane District Social Services Administration Board
500, Algonquin Blvd. East
Timmins, ON P4N 1B7

Telephone: 1-705-266-1208


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