Just continuing to follow up with the Alberta Fire Chiefs Association from the Rural Community First Responders working group. On Tuesday, February 21, 2012 members of the Working Group in support of Rural Community First Response, Reeve George Glazier, myself, Dr Nancy Marlett from the University of Calgary, Heather MacLean and Allan Keller met with the Honourable Fred Horne, Minister of Health and the Honourable Doug Griffiths, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Bryan Singleton, AHW. We truly appreciated the opportunity to meet with these two Ministers and to present them with the RED doc. I feel we had a very good, positive and constructive meeting with the Ministers.
I am now pleased to provide you with a copy of the RED doc in pdf format to make it easier for distribution. The RED doc is a follow up document to the Rural Community First Responders Conference Research Report. The RED doc provides clear next steps and is a very comprehensive document, including notes of explanation and exploration as well as very detailed national and international research. The RED doc as well as other research and reports are also posted on the Rural Community First Responders Conference Website. We are now in the process of developing a RED day in April.
We are very thankful the Health Minister also for directing the Health Quality Council of Alberta to conduct a Review of operations of all aspects of emergency medical services in the province, including dispatch consolidation. I have attached a copy of the letter from the Health Minister, requesting the review so that you may see the scope of the review. Our Working group continues to grow as we are contacted by Fire and First Responders and Elected Officials from across the province. Our Working group has consistently worked at offering solutions and working for solutions to ensure that Alberta has the best emergency response possible and that the rural safety net continues to remain strong and in place. The development of a Rural EMS Strategy and a Provincial 911 Strategy will ensure that happens. We look forward to a continued good working relationship with the Provincial Government and the opportunity to provide input into this Review.
Barbara L.C. Sjoquist (Mrs.)
Mayor – Village of Edgerton
P.O. Box 57 Edgerton, Ab. T0B 1K0
780 755 3933 Village Office