The Manitoba government is creating a new advanced-care paramedic program and transitioning 25 part-time EMS positions to full-time.
The new two-year program will be launched at Red River College in September 2015, the same year the positions will be transitioned.
Sixteen students will be enrolled annually and will see the course delivered via digital-based education with an in-person laboratory and practical experience component.
“The new advanced-care paramedic program will enhance the level of emergency care being delivered in rural communities,” said Wayne Chacun, EMS director, Manitoba Government and General Employees Union. “It will help encourage rural retention by targeting paramedics that are already working in rural settings where they have put down roots.”