By Sarah Klein
Paramedics will be cycling through Winnipeg’s downtown this summer to provide medical assistance and promote a healthy lifestyle.
The Paramedics Active in Community Education and Response (PACER) program will be patrolling parks, bike paths and public events in the city’s downtown. Their duties will include providing emergency service at large events, where paramedics on bicycle are highly visible and can easily manoeuvre through crowds to reach people in need of medical assistance.
“The PACER program is a great way for the Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service to be on the street serving Winnipeggers and educating the public on how to be active and safe during the hot summer months,” said John Lane, fire and paramedic chief. “Everyone wants to get out there and enjoy the heat, and the PACER program can help people do so safely.”
Approximately 20 Winnipeg paramedics will be serving the community by bicycle.
With warm temperatures expected to continue over the next several days, the city is reminding citizens to practice heat and sun safety.