Côte Saint-Luc Emergency Medical Services (EMS) is an all-volunteer service that provides emergency response services and first-aid training to residents of Côte Saint-Luc, and has since 1980. Together, a team of volunteer leaders supervises more than 95 volunteers to offer superior quality pre-hospital emergency medical care to the residents of and visitors to Côte Saint-Luc.
Each year, EMS respond to more than 3,000 emergency medical calls, arriving on the scene in less than four minutes and often making the difference between life and death.
Following the demerger from the City of Montreal, through intensive lobbying at all levels and a grassroots “Save EMS” campaign, Côte Saint-Luc was able to convince the Quebec government to include a provision to allow Côte Saint-Luc to keep control over first responder services on its territory when it adopted Bill 22.
The primary function of EMS is to provide first response services in Côte Saint-Luc for all medical emergencies received through the 9-1-1 system. When a call is made to 9-1-1 for a life-threatening or otherwise serious medical emergency, the Côte Saint-Luc Emergency Communications Centre receives the call at the same time as the Urgences-Santé ambulance and sends one of the EMS division’s three fully equipped first response vehicles, numbered 835, 836 and 837, and a supervisor vehicle numbered 831.
The mission of EMS is to arrive in the first crucial moments of an emergency, equipped with an external automated defibrillator (AED), oxygen and airway management supplies, spinal immobilization equipment, trauma supplies and certain emergency medications, including an Epi-Pen® for severe allergic reactions.