New Essex-Windsor EMS Paramedics Enter Service

There are 22 new paramedics in Windsor Essex this afternoon.

A commencement ceremony has been held for the graduates who are new front-line EMS staff.


Essex Windsor EMS Chief Bruce Krauter applauded County Council for approving funds to allow for an increase in paramedics.


Essex-Windsor EMS Chief Bruce Krauter speaks at paramedic commencement ceremony (by AM800's Peter Langille)

County council bumped the EMS budget this year from $10 to $12-million.

He says later this year 27 more recruits will begin training.

Among those receiving the shoulder flashes today was Amanda McCarton of Lasalle.


New Essex Windsor paramedic Amanda McCarton receives epaulettes from brother Josh (by AM800's Peter Langille)

She was surprise when her brother Josh was called up, he's been a local paramedic for 2 years now.

"It was a little bit of a shock, they didn't tell either my brother or I they were going to do that.  So they pulled on some heart strings for sure when they called him up there and put the epaulettes on because he was a big influence on why I came to the spot I'm in now"

Jessica Robson of Kingsville wanted to give back to her community.

"There's always those instances where you see them and you just want to be able to help out your community and when I grew up I decided I wanted to be a person that just helped everybody around me.  I grew up in a tight knit community and it's my turn to be able to give back to it"

Dino Soulierre of Windsor has always wanted to be in health care.

"I always knew I wanted to get into the health care system.  Originally went to school to be a nurse and turned it around and wanted to be outside be a first responder and help people when they're most in need"

With the new paramedics today there are 320 in service across Windsor Essex.

A total of 49 new paramedics are being added this year and the service is getting 7 new ambulances.