With COVID-19 restrictions lifted and cases rising, N.L.’s first responders brace for impact – CBC

Contingency plans are in place, says Grand Falls-Windsor fire chief

Apr 01, 2022

First responders in Newfoundland and Labrador say they aren’t seeing significant personnel shortages due to COVID-19 but they feel apprehensive as hospitalizations rise.

Rodney Gaudet, president of the Paramedic Association of Newfoundland and Labrador, told CBC News he views the end of restrictions as a positive sign, but said after two years of responding to emergencies during a pandemic, many paramedics are feeling anxious.

“For us, you know, it’s exciting to see that step towards sort of that normalcy again. But there is still that concern that, you know, is it too soon or … is it going to cause an influx in patients for us?”

Gaudet said the pandemic has exacerbated mental health challenges for some paramedics, who are at higher risk for PTSD that most other occupations.

“That mental strain on practitioners of the ongoing pandemic and the ongoing concerns … that always takes a toll on people,” Gaudet said.

Read more: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/newfoundland-labrador/first-responders-covid-update-1.6403651

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