FREDERICTON (GNB) – The provincial government is transforming the advanced care paramedic pilot program by making three existing sites permanent and adding a new site.

“Advanced care paramedics are making a difference for patients when the need arises,” said Health Minister Benoît Bourque. “We are maximizing the use of our health professionals by providing advanced emergency medical services to New Brunswickers.”

Advanced care paramedics provide additional support to ambulances responding to high acuity calls.

Pilot programs in Saint John, Moncton and Bathurst will become permanent programs. A new permanent program will also be introduced in Fredericton.

“Ambulance New Brunswick is committed to providing the best pre-hospital care possible,” said vice-president Matt Crossman. “The expansion of the advanced care paramedic program means the skills of our primary care paramedics will be further complemented with the advanced care paramedics’ scope of practice.”

“Already among the most skilled in the country, Ambulance New Brunswick’s primary care paramedics will continue to deliver essential service to patients when they need it,” he said.

Ambulance New Brunswick provides air and land ambulance service throughout New Brunswick. It serves the province with a team of more than 1,000 health-care professionals, including paramedics, emergency medical dispatchers and critical care flight nurses.