It's business as usual - for the most part - at the Moose Jaw and District EMS, but with a few extra safety measures and protocols in place.

If a call is made, a quick assessment will be done over the phone, followed up by another in-person assessment to determine whether the person has travelled recently, or if they are displaying flu-like symptoms.

Chief of EMS, Kyle Sereda.

"Our primary responsibility for providing paramedic services or emergency medical services in the city of Moose Jaw and surrounding areas hasn't changed, but it has become a bit more complicated. We're certainly taking additional steps for screening people who do call 911."

"We have increased our disinfection processes to ensure they happen more often, and while our regular process is cleaning and disinfecting after any patient contact, because of some of the treatments were doing now that create additional exposures to the paramedics, some additional cleaning is being done."

He goes on to say that the local EMS are in regular contact with the Saskatchewan Health Authority, as well as other provincial EMS, to determine what new safety measures or protocols need to be implemented.

Sereda adds that all local paramedics have stepped up above and beyond during this uncertain time.

"With the added stresses on every emergency service; police, RCMP, paramedics and fire, I'm certainly proud of how our paramedics are performing under a massive amount of stress when it comes to not only their regular job but the additional time and attention they have to take with personal protection equipment for the patients and their sake. I'm happy to say that we're fully functional, we're still providing all our service, our paramedics are healthy and they are doing an absolutely phenomenal job with dedication and commitment, as well to provide service to residents of Moose Jaw and the surrounding area. Just a real big shout out to them."


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