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Exercise Turns into Reality for EMS on the North Shore

November 19, 2008 - Superior North Emergency Medical Services (SNEMS) in the eastern part of the District began receiving calls to respond to motor vehicle collisions on the highway due to snow and poor weather conditions around 8 am this morning. Paramedics responded to a total of five motor vehicle collisions so far today.

"This is transpiring in the Eastern Region of Superior North EMS, while we are preparing for our role in the Trillium Response Emergency Exercise," said Ernie Kadikoff, Manager Eastern Region - SNEMS.  "As unfortunate as motor vehicle accidents are, adding these real-life events to the equation positively reflects on our ability to provide 911 emergency services and prepare for the evolving exercise simultaneously."

Two of the collisions involved military vehicles that were in transit to Thunder Bay to participate in Operation Trillium Response. The first vehicle rolled over and the second vehicle slid off the road into the ditch. The first vehicle was found inverted on the side of the highway with two patients trapped inside. Superior North EMS paramedics provided patient care on scene to the trapped patients while Terrace Bay Fire Department along with Military personnel extricated the patients. The patients were transported to McCausland Hospital with minor traumatic injuries. All other accidents did not result in injury and patients were assessed and treated on scene.

This being the first significant snowfall of the season, motorists are encouraged to take care when traveling and adjust driving to weather conditions.

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Contact:  Ernie Kadikoff, Manager Eastern Region - Superior North Emergency Medical Services,
                 (807) 887-0003