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Young people are killed disproportionately in farm accidents, as well as people over 65 years of age.

Delivering emergency services in rural Manitoba a risky business for responders

Farm safety presentation entitled "Trauma, Country Style" designed to ‘scare the crap’ out of paramedics

[UPDATED: Oct. 8, 2019] Tim Hillier got up on stage in front of a conference of paramedics and bluntly told them, “My objective is to scare the crap out of you. “These are very, very dangerous scenes. They’re dangerous for the patients… but they’re dangerous for you as responders as well,” Hillier said. “I don’t

Farmers gather in Winnipeg for Keystone Agricultural Producers annual general meeting.

Who you gonna call?

EMS closures and inconsistent signage have some producers worried

Manitoba farmers are concerned medical assistance won’t be there when they need it most. Last summer, the province’s Progressive Conservative government announced it would close 23 emergency medical service (or EMS) stations. Now, producers are calling on the government to provide more information about how emergency services will be provided once those stations are shuttered.

ambulance in a field

Ambulance times in some rural Manitoba locations could leave you waiting

In the event of an emergency on your operation, are you prepared 
for the 30- to 60-minute wait for help to arrive?

The distance between rural communities, weather, dated road information and deteriorating road conditions are all obstacles for Manitoba’s first responders trying to reach on-farm emergencies. Adding pressure, EMS stations in Manitoba are mandated to meet a 30-minute response, from the time the emergency call comes in to the time the ambulance reaches the patient. “There