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A Conversation


Q. Are you from the Valley?
A. No I am not, but I have purchased a home here with my wife Celesta, who is from the area, and we have two children we are raising in the community.
I am originally from Winnipeg and I came here to work fire-tech with conservation. When the first paramedic course offered by Red River College was held in Swan River I participated and started on my career as a paramedic.
When I completed the training I received a full-time position with Prairie Mountain Health (PMH) Emergency Medical Services (EMS) here in Swan River. I have been in the community for about 7 years.

Q. Why did you decide to become a paramedic?
A. I got interested in paramedicine because it allowed me to give something back to the community. That may sound like a cliché, but it really is an important part of being in EMS – helping other people when they are having a health emergency.

Q. Was paramedicine your first choice or did you have another career prior?
A. I had worked in a number of other jobs but being a paramedic was my first career choice.

Q. What was the training process like?
A. The course was intense and provided a significant amount of challenge but everyday of the course was enjoyable as I was gaining the training to start my career. I found it very rewarding.
One thing about being a paramedic is that you never stop learning, everyday there is something new to learn.

Q. What is the most rewarding part of the job?
A. The job is what I expected in providing pre-hospital care. We provide care that helps a patient or helps someone feel comfortable when they need to be transported for tests or for a higher level of care and, that in itself, is very rewarding.

Q. How do you deal with working in such an intense career?
A. Due to the nature of the job, it is important to keep an active and healthy lifestyle. The provision of pre-hospital care is a team approach and working closely with your partner is important to work through the intense cases that we may come across.
Having trust and a strong professional relationship with co-workers, including other emergency responders, allows for a team approach when people need assistance. This team approach is key when dealing with difficult situations.
I also couldn't do this job without the support of my wife and the level of understanding from my family.

Q. What would you recommend to someone who thinks they want to be a paramedic?
A. Do the research and make sure it is something that you will be comfortable working in.
Being a paramedic isn’t for everyone. Talk to current paramedics about the job they do. It is a great career.

Q. Any advice about the job that you want to give?
A. If you like to help people, then maybe being a paramedic is the job for you.
If anyone has questions about paramedicine as a career opportunity, please get in touch with EMS here in Swan River, or our Human Resources Department.