Sixty-five new ambulances are on Manitoba roads after an investment of $10 million by the province.
The ambulances, the first of which was delivered Wednesday, are replacements to modernize the existing fleet.
“Paramedics provide professional, quality care to Manitobans in pre-hospital, community, and inter-hospital settings. For our staff, that means when caring for patients, their workplace is often on-board an ambulance, making the safety and comfort of that vehicle an important priority,” said Helen Clark, chief operating officer, emergency response services, Shared Health.
All new ambulances will display FAST decals on their back windows as part of a partnership with Heart & Stroke, raising awareness of the signs of stroke and the importance of acting quickly.
“Stroke is a medical emergency,” says Christine Houde, director, government relations and health promotion with Heart & Stroke in Manitoba.
“Recognizing the FAST signs of stroke and acting quickly can mean the difference between life and death, or the difference between a full recovery and lasting disability.”