A more standardized approach to paramedic services could soon be on the way to the area.  

The District of Nipissing Social Services Administration Board (DNSSAB) has approved, in principle, direct delivery of EMS/Land Ambulance Services. 

The move is contingent on budget approval in December and would see DNSSAB join more than 90% of other Ontario municipalities, DSSABs and First Nations who have already transitioned to direct delivery. 

“Direct delivery of paramedic services positions DNSSAB to respond more nimbly to emerging trends and challenges,” states a release. “Opportunities to work collaboratively with community health and social service partners can be enhanced through direct delivery.” 

Currently, DNSSAB has contracts through third-party operators, including the North Bay Regional Health Centre, Mattawa General Hospital and the Municipality of Temagami. 

If given final budget approval, a transition team would work on the transfer next year, and be complete on or before January 2023.

“The business case for direct delivery presented at the Board is very comprehensive and moves Paramedic Services to a DNSSAB directly managed service,” says DNSSAB Chair, Mark King.

DNSSAB says Nipissing District has the largest paramedic service in the province that is not currently delivered directly.