Why We Exist
Created in 1995… During a ten year period from 1984-1994, private citizens – Calgarians who were grateful for the professional and caring medical service they received from Calgary EMS personnel – made donations to The City of Calgary. This source of revenue prompted the City of Calgary EMS to consider the expanded role they could play in the community by way of becoming a proactive provider of services that would ensure continued responsive service and sustainable pre-hospital care even as call volumes continued to grow.
Realizing that many of the viable public education and support initiatives that could be supported by these donated funds fall outside of the mandate and the scope of publicly funded emergency medical services, caring and committed EMS personnel created The Calgary Emergency Medical Services Foundation in 1995.
The Foundation from its inception to now, is a registered charity and operates independently from publicly funded emergency medical services (initally The City of Calgary and currently Alberta Health Services). Known now as the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Foundation, the mandate is to support front-line paramedics through research, education, and injury and mental health iniatitives.
The EMS Foundation is committed to actions that ensure long term stability and growth. This includes development and execution of a community-based fund development plan along with development and election of a community-centred board of directors.