Advanced Paramedic Limited (APL) has recently been awarded the Alberta Health Services (AHS) contract to provide Emergency Medical Services (EMS) for Woodland Cree First Nation (WCFN) based out of Cadotte Lake, AB.
It has been 19 years since APL CEO Stephen Woodburn made his first presentation in an effort to provide EMS services to WCFN.
“I cannot express how proud and excited I am, 19 years later, to be given this opportunity to work with AHS in starting our E-911 service to such a great community,” said Woodburn. “My team and I are humbled, and we look forward to helping make this community as safe as we possibly can. Thank you Chief, Council, AHS and the entire Cadotte Lake community for putting your long-term trust in APL.”
WCFN Chief Isaac Laboucan-Avirom is optimistic about the future with APL.
“Hopefully this EMS contract with APL means a better service and is the beginning of a better approach for our whole community. One thing I like about APL is they feel a lot closer to home,” said Laboucan-Avirom.
Laboucan-Avirom explains WCFN is getting more proactive with their healthcare systems.
“We have a pharmacy now and a new fire truck and we hope Stephen can help out with some training. One day, we would like to be self-sufficient and eventually start to provide these EMS services internally. Hopefully this relationship evolves into something great, creating a win/win/win,” said Laboucan-Avirom.
The last six months have been extremely transformative for APL. In August 2017, APL announced their 10-year contract to provide EMS staff for air ambulance services in Peace River and Grande Prairie, AB.
Then, in November 2017 they announced another 10-year contract to serve High Level and Fort Vermilion for the same service, a contract that is due to commence in April of this year. The two contracts combined will make APL Alberta’s largest air ambulance medical crew contractor in terms of number of aircraft staffed, which will be five.
Photo Caption: (Pictured Left to Right) Band Manager Ronald T. Scrimshaw, Councillor John Cardinal, AHS Contract Manager Jason Engelland, APL CEO Stephen Woodburn, Woodland Cree First Nation Chief Isaac Laboucan-Avirom, AHS Associate Executive Director Rob Barone, APL CFO Shelia Girard, AHS North Zone Director Brian Nielson
Advanced Paramedic Ltd. (APL) was founded in 1999 by CEO Stephen Woodburn. Today, APL provides paramedic services for air, ground, industrial and special events. In addition, APL provides a Non-Emergent Medical Transport (NEMT) service for the Peace River Region that helps elderly and mobility challenged individuals travel anywhere they need to go.
Stephen Woodburn, APL CEO
Chief Isaac Laboucan-Avirom, Woodland Cree First Nation