EMS week lets public get up close with medics
Paramedics respond to more than 100,000 calls each year in Calgary
Calgary paramedics are throwing open the doors to their ambulances to let people get up close and personal with the daily life of their team.
It's all part of National EMS Awareness Week, with activities planned across the country.
"There's no stress," said Darren Sandbeck, president of the Paramedic Chiefs of Canada. "They can just come and look around and talk to our folks and see what it is that we do."
For some, Sunday's open house was a chance to put scary experiences behind them.
"It was very scary," said Nick Daprocida, whose nine-year-old son Matteo hadn't been inside an ambulance since a severe allergic reaction. "The paramedics were great. They calmed him down. They gave him a little stuffy toy and helped him through it."
For their family, the open house let them move forward from the scare and have some fun.
"He's having a great time today and got to ask some of the questions he didn't get to ask that night," Daprocida said.
Calgary's paramedics respond to more than 100,000 calls each year and the Paramedic Chiefs of Canada represents more than 300,000 paramedics across Canada.
There will be another open house on June 1 from 9:30 a.m. to noon MT at EMS Station #6 on Westmount Boulevard.