MONCTON (GNB) – Ambulance New Brunswick has begun the recruitment process for the advanced care paramedic pilot program, which will provide additional support to ambulances responding to high-acuity calls.

Advanced care paramedic positions in Saint John, Moncton, Bathurst and Edmundston have been posted with a competition closing date of Jan. 25.

“Your government is listening to New Brunswickers and knows that improving access to primary care by maximizing the use of health professionals is a priority,” said Health Minister Victor Boudreau. “Advanced care paramedics will strengthen the health-care system and provide advanced emergency medical services to New Brunswickers in need.”

Ambulance New Brunswick plans to recruit eight full-time and eight casual advanced care paramedics as part of the first phase of the program. It is expected that these positions will be integrated into the ambulance system as early as this April.

An evaluation of the pilot program’s success will help guide a wider rollout of advanced care paramedics in the province.

“The hiring of New Brunswick’s first advanced care paramedics is an important milestone for Ambulance New Brunswick,” said Matthew Crossman, president of Ambulance New Brunswick. “Advanced care paramedics will be dispatched to work in tandem with primary care paramedics on calls where advanced interventions on scene could lead to better patient outcomes.” 

Ambulance New Brunswick is responsible for providing air and land ambulance service throughout the province. It is a team of about 1,000 health-care professionals, including paramedics, emergency medical dispatchers and critical care flight nurses.