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Our Health series returns with live audience Thursday

Popular series will take a look at the lives of first responders, advances in emergency services
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Simcoe County Paramedics

After nearly 18 months, the popular Our Health series returns with a live studio audience.

The program, which has been held virtually since the pandemic began, returns to the Midland Cultural Centre on Thursday evening with a panel discussion on emergency services, including ambulance, police and fire, and how they respond 24 hours per day when we call 911.

But, what else do they do? Where are they in local communities? Are they more than protectors and rescuers?

The series will hear about the positive and proactive services this group provides as well as advances in emergency services. Led by moderator and retired doctor Keith Rose, the panel includes three professionals who will discuss emergency services.

They include Dr. Martin McNamara, who is an outspoken advocate for health services and emergency room doctor. McNamara started his career as an ambulance driver and today is the co-medical director of the Paramedic Community Program for Simcoe County.

Joining McNamara are J.C. Gilbert, who serves as deputy chief of operations for the county’s paramedic services department.

“Paramedics are committed to the timely clinical emergency response to save lives and improve health and to promote safety,” promotional material for the Thursday event noted.

“This is no longer just an ambulance service. Paramedics are breaking through on many fronts.”

Rounding out the panel is Lisa Longworth, provincial mental health lead and program analyst with the Ministry of the Solicitor General.

Longworth is expected to touch on a variety of programs and initiatives that the OPP are involved with such as situation tables and mobile crisis response teams.

As for the live show, reduced capacity and safety protocols (masks and vaccination passports) are required. Click here for advanced free registration.

The show will also be available to view on Rogers TV (channels 10, 53 and 65) as well as online at

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