The CF cannot reach universal agreement with all geographically co-located EHS's to allow Med Techs to meaningful on car ride along experience. This is the reality of a provincially regulated system that is municipally managed / administered. There have, in some cases, also been union issues I am told.
It could have something to do with the cost and availability of Field Training Officers ( FTO ).
29 things changed this year as the result of a Coroner's Inquest and $10-million civil suit against Toronto EMS.
Some of those changes will likely have a "ripple effect" across the province.
#25 was that
Probationary Paramedics must now be accompanied by an FTO for at least 12 weeks.
That is in addition to precepting paramedic students from the two "farm teams", Humber and Centennial colleges.
Hospitals seem to be little easier to work with for some reason.
The department has a long list of SOP's for students.
These are the two that I recall hearing the most problems with:
• Each Observer, during the course of their Ride-Along will follow the directions given to them by
their host Paramedic crew and other emergency service responders when required. Failure to do
so may immediately end the Ride-Along opportunity and prevent them from taking advantage of
any future opportunities.
• Only one student or observer is permitted to ride with an ambulance crew at a time. If a student
or observer is assigned to a single paramedic who is being partnered with another single
paramedic who also has a student or observer, priority will be given to the student or observer
assigned to the station in which the crew will be working. The other student/observer will be
sent home or re-assigned, where appropriate.