Emergency Medical Services
Under the new system of provincially managed ambulance service with Alberta Health Services, Strathcona County is contracted to have four Advanced Life Support ambulances staffed at all times within the County and dispatched within the region as necessary. Full time ambulance crews are trained as either Paramedics or as Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs). Part time crews in rural Ardrossan and South Cooking Lake are trained as First Responders in CPR and First Aid.
User fees for ambulance service, whether it includes transport to the hospital or immediate assessment and treatment from an EMS crew member on site, are in effect. These user fees have changed, effective April 1, 2009. Changes include being charged for cancelled calls (when there is a 9-1-1 call but the patient does not need to be transported to a hospital) and interfacility transfers.