CAMPBELLTON (GNB) – A paramedic training course managed from the Campbellton campus of the Collège comunautaire du Nouveau-Brunswick (CCNB) will be offered to any one of the five CCNB campuses at a time, depending on where it is most needed. The 15-seat program, which begins in September 2017, will take up to two years to complete.

“Your government is committed to getting things done,” said Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour Minister Donald Arseneault. “This course will provide important technical paramedic training and help ensure patients are provided service in either official language throughout New Brunswick.”

“A great partnership is being forged today with the announcement of this program,” said Health Minister Victor Boudreau. “The graduates of this program will help increase access to primary health care for all residents of our province. A strong primary health-care system is the foundation to ensuring that individuals and communities can get the health care they need, when and where they need it.”

“Paramedicine is a challenging and rewarding career, and New Brunswick’s primary care paramedics are among the most skilled anywhere,” said Ambulance New Brunswick’s regional manager for the North, Jacques Charest. “They have one of the highest scopes of practice for their level in Canada, and are changing lives for the better in this province every day. We are hiring qualified bilingual and unilingual paramedics to help us help others; compassionate clinicians who want to make a difference in people’s lives.”

“CCNB is proud to offer, as part of its regular programs, this paramedicine program that will be managed by the Campbellton campus,” said Liane Roy, president and CEO of CCNB. “This new delivery model, a mobile training centre, works well and it is a format that will meet the urgent needs of the people who work in this industry in New Brunswick. CCNB is working closely with the industry partners to meet the labour market needs.”

In its 2014-15 annual report, Ambulance New Brunswick committed to attracting more bilingual employees. In addition, the report said that more than 250 of its employees participated in second-language training.