© Frank Gale
Crystal Benoit is the newest and second paramedic with the Cape St. George Ambulance Service.
CAPE ST. GEORGE — The Cape St. George Ambulance Service now has 24-hour paramedicine coverage with the addition of another practising paramedic.
The addition of paramedic Crystal Benoit on Thursday means it can operate a full-time service.
Prior to this the ambulance service at Cape St. George just had one paramedic on staff, Nadine Tallack, so when she was off duty, primary-care paramedic intercepts were necessary.
That involved a paramedic from Russell’s Ambulance Service of Stephenville having to drive to the Port au Port Peninsula and meet the Cape St. George Ambulance while en route to the Sir Thomas Roddick Hospital in Stephenville.
Up to this point, Benoit was an emergency medical responder and just recently graduated from the paramedic program at College of the North Atlantic in Stephenville.
The full-time service now provides more safety for the patient being transported with a paramedic present from the time of boarding and savings for the patient with no intercept required.