Kneehill Ambulance Society transitions to Alberta Health Services

As requested by The Kneehill Ambulance Society, Alberta Health Services (AHS) will become responsible for the ambulance service December 1, 2010, assuming the operational and administrative functions.
AHS and the Kneehill Ambulance Society have been working closely together since June, to ensure the transition is seamless without any degradation or gap in service, during or after the transition.
"On behalf of the Kneehill Ambulance Service, I would like to take the opportunity to thank the board members, management and staff, both past and present, for their hard work and dedication," says Flo Robinson, Board Chair of Kneehill Ambulance Service, "Their contributions over the past 38 years have made this service both what it is today and what it will be going forward: caring, competent, professional EMS."
The same level of service will continue to be provided post-transition: two advance life saving ambulances 24 hours a day 7 days a week; and one additional advance life saving ambulance 12 hours a day 7 days a week (day shift only). The same level of staffing will be maintained: 9 full-time and 2 part-time paramedics; 9 full-time and 2 part-time emergency medical technicians (EMTs); and several casual paramedics and EMTs.
Ed Guenette, with Kneehill Ambulance states, "The same staff will continue to provide the same level of service with the same compassion and care that has been offered to residents over the years".
Within the Kneehill County boundaries there are two towns (Three Hills and Trochu), three villages (Acme, Carbon and Linden), and five hamlets (Torrington, Wimborne, Huxley, Sunnyslope and Swalwell). Kneehill Ambulance Service also provides coverage to the neighboring communities of Beiseker, Elnora and Rumsey.
The two EMS stations will remain where they are. The Linden station is shared with the Linden volunteer Fire Department and the Three Hills station is a stand-alone EMS station. EMS and community fire departments will continue to work closely together. The practice of co-responding with fire apparatus to events where response time may be extended due to geographic location will continue as will joint in-service training.
EMS' mandate is two-fold: while it is an integral part of health, it is also an important component of the public safety net. When a medical emergency arises that requires a call to 9-1-1 for an ambulance, residents can be assured an ambulance will be sent.
"AHS EMS' goal remains unchanged: to provide safe, high-quality and timely medical care," says Nicholas Thain, Director of Suburban/Rural Operations with the EMS Calgary and Central Zone. "Citizens can rest assured that the transition will be seamless without any interruption in service and that the same level of service will continue to be provided after the transition."