The EMS Foundation is one of a few charitable emergency medical services organizations in Canada fundraising to provide programs and services to continually advance the level of pre-hospital care. This effort has resulted in innovative city-wide programs that have impacted all ages and levels of heathcare provided. Success has been achieved by reaching out beyond urgent medical care to create services which educate all populations while taking a preventative approach to health.
When you require emergency medical service – paramedics want leading edge technology in the ambulance to save your life. They look to the EMS Foundation to provide funding for training and equipment. This pursuit of excellence positions Calgary’s Emergency Medical Services as an industry leader with a proven track record…
Emergency Medical Services in Calgary was one of the first to have:
Bottom-line, Caring for You!Capsule of Life® (COL): COL allows emergency services personnel to find your medical information in a timely manner when you may not be able to provide it yourself. COL kits contain your basic medical information placed inside a capsule that is stored in your fridge – a very identifiable and accessible location in your home. This program educates the public regarding the importance of having their medical information readily at hand.
Project Smile: An ambulance ride can be extremely frightening for a child, especially when they are already sick or hurt. Project Smile provides sick or injured children aboard an ambulance their very own “Medic Moose.” Receiving this toy has proven effective in decreasing the child’s fears and anxieties allowing paramedics to provide the best care. Thousands of Medic Moose plush toys have been given to pediatric patients aboard ambulances.
Young Heroes Program: Young people between the ages of 4 and 13 are recognized annually for calling 9-1-1 appropriately in an emergency situation. This program recognizes young people who’ve made a difference in an emergency situation. Their actions set an excellent example for others to learn about the proper use of 9-1-1. Since 2008, over 50 young people have been honoured.
CHOICES in an injury prevention program targeting junior and senior high school students. Students learn and discuss injury prevention in an interactive presentation led by a highly experienced paramedic and clinical educator. This presentation focuses on the three largest causes of injuries in youth: 1) motor vehicle collisions, 2) sports and recreation incidents, and 3) falls. CHOICES hits home with students by demonstrating that the results others suffer do not have to happen and that injury can be preventable.
Bursaries: In partnership with the Cumming School of Medicine, two Paramedics receive bursaries to attend graduate studies to advance the field of pre-hospital care through research in the SEEDS program (EMS Research Education Development Studentships). This program will develop the vital area of EMS research (a topic largely under-researched), provide education and mentorship opportunities in research to EMS providers, and strengthen research partnerships between the EMS Foundation, the University of Calgary, and the Alberta EMS system.
Equipment Purchase: The Foundation raises funds to acquire additional equipment for EMS practitioners. To date the Foundation’s fundraising efforts include the purchase of a Power-load Bariatric Stretcher System and Non-emergency Patient Transfer vehicles.EMS Foundation is a registered charity, separate from Calgary Emergency Medical Services. Funds raised by EMS Foundation through the generosity of our donors do not replace Calgary Emergency Medical Services’s core funding, but rather enhance safety and illness prevention and advance paramedical research, practice and training. Specifically, funds raised through EMS Foundation support education, injury prevention, research and equipment.
Considering supporting EMS Foundation today! There are many ways to make a tax receipted general donation to EMS Foundation: