May 24, 2013
Prairie North Health Region and the Manitou Ambulance Board regret to announce that the Neilburg Ambulance Service will cease operations effective June 1, 2013.
The decision to close the service was made jointly by the health region and the local ambulance board after continued efforts to recruit new employees to the service proved unsuccessful.
“Staff numbers are declining such that the service cannot be maintained past the first of June,” explained Cliff Orriss, PNHR Director of Emergency Health Services.
“We fully recognize and appreciate how difficult this decision is for the service's five staff members who have done their very best to maintain emergency medical service (EMS) care to local and area residents,” said Orriss.
”We extend our deepest appreciation to these dedicated professionals who have served their community for many years to meet the needs of patients and their families in emergency situations,” Orriss added.
Prairie North Health Region thanks the members of the Manitou Ambulance Board representing the Villages of Neilburg and Marsden, and the Rural Municipalities of Hillsdale and Manitou Lake, for their efforts in supporting the Neilburg Ambulance Service.
Manitou Ambulance Board Chairperson Chelsey Gordon said, "The Manitou AmbulanceBoard is indeed saddened by the loss of the Neilburg Ambulance Service. We are incredibly proud of our communities that were able to pull together and retain the service for as long as we have been able to. We will continue to work closely with Prairie North Health Region to establish a successful First Responders Program.”
Gordon added, “To the dedicated volunteers who have given countless hours to our ambulance service, words simply cannot express the gratitude that our communities have for what you do. Without your tireless efforts, our service would not have lasted as long as it has. From the bottom of our hearts, thank you."
Residents of Neilburg, Marsden, and the RMs of Hillsdale and Manitou Lake will continue to call 911 for ambulance services. These services will now come from the nearest available EMS location in Lloydminster, Maidstone, Cut Knife, or the Heartland Health Region.
Prairie North Health Region will be providing detailed information on ambulance coverage via a mail out to Neilburg and area residents.
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MEDIA: For more information or to arrange interviews, contact:
Linda Lewis, PNHR Communications Officer, 306-446-6625
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