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RCMPNS will be sharing first responders’ experiences this week to highlight the importance of road safety.
Here is one from Matthew Piggot, an advanced care paramedic with Emergency Health Services:
There’s an old saying that it takes 10 years to master a craft. After that long, I still have not mastered the uncomfortable tragedy of a major motor vehicle collision scene.
Paramedics respond to a varying degree of medical emergencies, including motor vehicle collisions ranging in severity. Arriving on scene to such, Paramedics all over Nova Scotia bind together with other agencies to bring a sense of control and calmness to an often chaotic and uncertain situation for those involved. In almost all cases of motor vehicle collisions, I bore witness to unfortunate trauma and tragedy that could have been prevented.
I ask every driver to not only practice safe driving, but to also encourage it amongst others. Don’t drink and drive. Don’t do drugs and drive. Wear your seatbelt. Don’t be a distracted driver. Be vigilant. Do your part to help prevent the tragedy that many first responders see.
Be the solution. Slow down. Drive safe.