The Paramedic Association of Newfoundland and Labrador was formed on April 18th, 2005. Since its inception, PANL has stressed the need for an association to represent Emergency Medical Service (EMS) professionals in the province. There are many issues and challenges facing EMS personnel in Newfoundland and Labrador today, and we hope to aid the profession with a united voice.
Speaking on behalf of its members, the PANL strives to have its mission statement realized: "To improve prehospital patient care in Newfoundland and Labrador". Acting as a public advocate for the profession, we are currently drafting a proposal for government to support the implementation of a province wide 911 system.
As the official provincial chapter of the Paramedic Association of Canada (PAC), we can now add our voice to issues confronting EMS on a national basis. In addition, we have access to national resources, never before at the disposal of Newfoundland and Labrador EMS personnel. We hope that the PANL will act as a bridge between the provinces individual practitioners, the general public, the government and the health care system. It is time for us to come together, with a new sense of energy to achieve our mandates and provide the best care we can for our patients.
In closing, we feel that this is a very exciting time for EMS in Newfoundland and Labrador. Please join us in taking the next steps forward; realizing that the field of Emergency Medical Services is going to continue to evolve, and from now on, we refuse to be left behind.