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left to right: kayla germain, destiny young, Elder dave matilpi, Jacob charbonneau, cole milton
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MESSAGE FROM THE CEO
am hopeful that all of you are enjoying a wonderful warm summer with family and friends. It is such an enjoyable time of year for many reasons and another milestone summer for APL. On July 4th, after nineteen years in the making, APL did our first ground ambulance
call in Cadotte Lake. In fact, I was on the call myself with our new PCP crew and our new 4x4 ambulance. We responded to Martin Lake for a Delta response, and it brought back many great memories of when I was a new ACP grad, responding to ground calls on a daily basis for
Although our transition thus far has gone well, we have much work to do in order to complete the many details of the transition. A very special welcome to Pam Clendinning on her return to work on this project, and I’d like to also welcome our
ORIENTATION WEEK RECAP
he week of June 25th was an exciting week for us at APL. We had the pleasure of bringing an additional four full-time staff members onto our team as we were preparing to make our debut, serving the Woodland Cree First Nation in Cadotte Lake. Aside from being a full-time ACP Flight Paramedic, I am also an AHS Protocol nstructor, and as a
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the Peace River Ambulance Service.
result, I was fortunate to meet our newest staff members. Part of our orientation includes ensuring all our practitioners are current with not only the theory of the protocols, but the handson skills as well. These protocols are the defining guidelines designed to assist the direction of our staff in providing optimal patient care.
new full-time PCP members to the APL team who will be based in Cadotte Lake. As many of you are aware, we have added several new staff over the past quarter. These staff members are from all departments including, flight, ground, NEMT and even our office, which must undergo the same staffing progress that comes with the manageable growth we have
been experiencing. I really enjoy meeting all of our new team members during these exciting times. With the final transition (that we are aware of ) behind us, we have so many additional projects to focus on while refining and improving the many services that we provide.
Our office has been extremely busy with the several base location transitions over the past eight months. As a result, we have found it challenging to dedicate our attention on other priorities; however, we feel we can now get there. We are looking forward to the next APL chapter of designing and sharpening up our systems.
As always, your cooperation and commitment to APL is appreciated. I hope you enjoy the necessary special time with your families this summer, and I know we’ll cross paths with you soon. Stay safe…
STEPHEN WOODBURN, CEO
OUR NEW GROUND AMBULANCE CREW BASED IN CADOTTE LAKE
We were also able to review various topics specific to the interest of our newest team members as well as answer specific treatment or skillsbased questions as our goal is to provide our staff with the tools they need.
Lastly, like everything has to be in this day and age, we covered a portion of the documentation with the lastest Siren 4 electronic Patient Care Reporting software. This is a current and advanced system integrated
with provincial dispatch for accuracy and consistent information while maintaining a legible and well documented hand over report for the ongoing care of the patient.
I would like to wish our newest team members all the best as they begin to serve the Woodland Cree First Nation on behalf of Advanced Paramedic Ltd…because people matter. JEREMY KLASSEN, ACP
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Paramedics Jacob Charbonneau and Destiny Young pose with APL’s new 4x4 ambulance parked in front of their new base and crew quarters in Cadotte Lake, AB
July 4, 2018, was an exciting day for Advanced Paramedic Ltd. (APL). It was APL’s first day serving the Alberta Health Services (AHS) contract to provide ambulance service for Woodland Cree First Nation 18
(WCFN). For this contract, APL purchased a brand new, state of the art 4x4 ambulance and even built a new facility to house it. To ensure the first call went smoothly on transition day, APL’s CEO Stephen Woodburn was alongside
fellow paramedic staff for their first emergency call. “It was a Delta response in Martin Lake, and it brought back many great memories of when I was a new ACP grad responding to ground calls on a daily basis for the Peace River Ambulance
Service,” said Woodburn. This contract is very special to Woodburn. It has been a long-time goal come to fruition as he first made a presentation to provide these services 19 years ago. “I cannot express how
Left: APL CEO Stephen Woodburn, Woodland Cree First Nation Chief Isaac Laboucan-Avirom, AHS Associate Executive Director Rob Barone
Right: Construction of APL’s new base in Cadotte Lake, AB
optimistic about the future with APL.
proud and excited I am, 19 years later, to be given this opportunity to work with AHS in starting our E-911 service to such a great community,” said Woodburn. “My team and I are humbled, and we look forward to helping make this community as safe as we possibly can. Thank you Chief, Council, AHS and the entire Cadotte Lake community for putting your long-term trust in APL.” WCFN Chief Isaac Laboucan-Avirom is
“Hopefully this EMS contract with APL means a better service and is the beginning of a better approach for our whole community. One thing I like about APL is they feel a lot closer to home,” said Laboucan-Avirom. Laboucan-Avirom explains WCFN is getting more proactive with their healthcare systems. “We have a pharmacy now and a new fire truck and we hope Stephen can help out with some training. One day, we would like to be self-sufficient, and we hope to eventually start to provide these EMS services internally. Hopefully this relationship evolves into
something great, creating a win/win/win,” said Laboucan-Avirom. The transition has gone well thus far, but Woodburn is the first to point out that there is still a lot to do. The past year has been extremely transformative for APL. In August of 2017, APL announced their 10year contract to provide EMS staff for air ambulance services in Peace River and Grande Prairie, AB. Then, in November of 2017, they announced another 10-year contract to serve High Level and Fort Vermilion for the same service, a contract that began in April of this year. The two contracts combined have made APL Alberta’s largest air ambulance medical crew contractor in
terms of number of aircraft staffed. “March 31 and April 1 were very exciting and historical days for APL. On March 31, we completed the High Level and Fort Vermilion air medical crew transition, and on April 1 we worked to complete the Peace River transition to CanWest Air,” said Woodburn. With this expansion, APL has been hiring more team members for all departments including flight, ground, non-emergent medical transport and office staff. “I would like to thank my staff for all their dedication and hard work,” said Woodburn. “We are looking forward to the next chapter of designing and sharpening up our systems.” ADVERTISEME N T
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CANWEST AIR CEO JAKE FEHR AND APL CEO STEPHEN WOODBURN
tended and included delegates from Alberta Health Services and Mackenzie County.
The event was very well at-
In addition, several members from the community and region came out to see the
n Monday June 18th, APL attended the grand opening of the Fort Vermilion Air Ambulance base location hosted by Canwest Air.
new air ambulance aircraft and state of the art medical gear and equipment that we are providing to the province and local communities. A special thank you to the Mackenzie County for all of
your hard work and support. Expanding our business into both High Level and Fort Vermilion was a seamless process and we look forward to serving your communities and region long-term.
Jacob Charbonneau, Ground PCP Kayla Germain, Ground PCP Cole Milton, Ground PCP Destiny Young, Ground PCP Nick Dutta, Flight ACP Jeffrey Imes, Flight ACP Peter Murphy, Flight ACP Lindsey Partridge, ACP Adam Rac, Flight ACP Tonya Simms, RN Terry van der Wind, Flight ACP
TO THE APL TEAM
Ashley Richard, EMR Special Events Lionel Ukatu, Special Events Michelle Wisniewski, EMR Special Events Daniel Lacombe, NEMT Driver Brendon Nichols, NEMT Driver
2 HIGH LEVEL FORT VERMILION
CADOTTE LAKE PEACE RIVER
KUDOS TO AUSTIN FARROW FOR RECENTLY UPGRADING FROM AN EMR AND BECOMING A PCP! GOOD JOB AUSTIN!Â
serving our communities
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PAM CLENDINNING RETURNED FROM MATERNITY LEAVE AND INTO THE ROLE OF OPERATIONS SUPERVISOR IN EARLY JUNE. FROM THE WHOLE APL TEAM, WELCOME BACK PAM!
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