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G.7.3 Special Event/Public Relations Activities


Paramedic Services Effective Date: April 30, 2019
Topic: Stakeholder Relations

Replaces: May 30, 2010

Subject: Special Event/Public Relations Activities Policy No. G.7.3.



To promote Manitoulin-Sudbury DSB Paramedic Services within the communities served, and to advocate for public education on issues relevant to Paramedic Services, while ensuring that deployment coverage is not negatively impacted.

  • Paramedics
  • Paramedic Superintendents
  • Senior Managers



Manitoulin-Sudbury DSB Paramedic Services defines special event, or public relations event as an occurrence where Paramedics would provide pre-hospital medical care or education, outside of normal deployment. Requests for Special Event/PR coverage must be submitted in writing to the Deputy Chief’s office well in advance of the event, utilizing the prescribed form located on the Paramedic Service web site. 

The Deputy Chief or designate shall determine suitability of the request and capacity to facilitate the request with or without modification. The Deputy Chief or designate will coordinate the tactical implementation of the request through the Paramedic Superintendent group. Any Special Event/PR Event will be communicated with the CACC to ensure resource allocations, while out of deployment, are known by the ACO group.  

While resources assigned to Special Events/PR Events are not deemed deployed resources, the Paramedic Superintendent may coordinate with the Paramedics and CACC to deploy those resources to a specific incident as required. As such, all Special Event/PR Event assignments shall be completed in a response ready manner. Paramedics will position vehicles such that egress is not impacted. Additionally, both Paramedics shall have their portables radios on, set to repeater, and they shall confirm communications efficacy for the duration of the event.   

During any Special Event/PR Event Paramedics will be considered working, subject to Base Hospital oversight, subject to all regulatory and policy requirements, and covered by the employer’s obligations for WSIB and benefits.