For Immediate Release: October 6, 2023
Medical First Response Returns to Dorchester
Ambulance New Brunswick Resumes Dispatching Medical Calls to Dorchester
DORCHESTER, NB – Dorchester celebrates the much-anticipated return of its medical first response after a challenging nine-month hiatus. This victory is a testament to the unwavering spirit and determination of the community, which has a rich history of coming together in times of need.
Jennifer Borne, CAO of Tantramar, emphasized the broader implications of this return, “The health and safety of our community have always been paramount. The return of our medical first response is a reflection of our commitment to ensuring that every resident of Dorchester feels safe and cared for.” Mayor Black added, “Our community’s well-being is our top priority. This achievement is a testament to our dedication to ensuring that our residents have access to the best emergency services when they need them most.”
The journey began 9 months ago when Ambulance New Brunswick’s Medical Communication Management Centre upgraded their CAD system, leading to a temporary halt in dispatching first responders to Dorchester. The community’s resilience, however, shone brightly.
The Dorchester Fire Department, with its indomitable spirit, undertook local fundraising efforts two decades ago, securing a first responder vehicle and essential equipment. The late Paul Bragg, a community luminary, was instrumental in this initiative, showcasing the lengths the community would go to ensure safety.
Chief Greg Partridge of the Dorchester Fire Department remarked, “This has been a long time coming. It’s going to be a great thing for the community and the province. We’re ready to go to help the community the best we can, and we’re glad to see the departments who need it getting the care they deserve.”
Municipality of Tantramar