February 25, 2011

York Region Emergency Medical Services (EMS) joined local MedVents to host York Region Cub First Aid Day

More than 80 boy scouts will learn lifesaving skills in a one-day training session
NEWMARKET – The Regional Municipality of York, in partnership with The Medical Venturer (MedVents), will host a one-day first aid training session to more than 80 local members of Scouts Canada.
 
Local Scout Canada Beavers and Cubs, ages 6 to10, will rotate through a series of first-aid stations staffed by MedVenturer and MedRover volunteers (aged 14 to 25).  At each of the stations, participants will learn how to respond to medical emergencies such as bleeding, hypothermia, burns, animal and insect bites and unresponsive patients.
 
Shannon Koppenhoefer, a York Region EMS advanced care paramedic, is a long-time advisor with the local Medical Venturer affliation and is championing the York Region initiative.
 
The media is invited attend and follow the participants as they learn about First Aid, tour a York Region ambulance and station and to discuss with the MedVents and Scouts Canada leaders their experiences with the community outreach program.
 
WHEN: Saturday, February 26
8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  
WHERE: York Region EMS Headquarters
520 Cane Parkway, Newmarket
 
WHO: York Region EMS Paramedic, Scout Canada leaders and Medical Venturers
 
BACKGROUND:
 
The MedVent program focuses on youth who are interested in exploring the career opportunities related to paramedicine.  The program is built upon traditional Scouts Canada program elements such as leadership, citizenship, community service, personal development and growth.  The program also promotes the development of knowledge of the operations of an emergency medical system and the practical skills that paramedics and first responders utilize in their daily work.
 
The Medical Venturer and Medical Rover provide First Aid to Scouting and Community events, participate in parades and displays at major malls and assist with public relations events.
 
The York Region program was launched in 2001 as a partnership between Scouts Canada and The Regional Municipality of York Emergency Medical Services.  York Region EMS sponsors and supports the MedVents by providing training space, equipment and opportunities to deploy and provide first-aid response at a variety of community events.
 
For more information on The Regional Municipality of York, please visit www.york.ca
 
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Media Contact: Jennifer Mitchell-Emmerson, Community and Health Services, York Region
Phone: 905-830-4444 Ext. 4016 or After-hours Cell: 905-716-9753
Email: jennifer.mitchellemmerson@york.ca

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