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The Parkland Paramedic Honour Guard is the formal ceremonial unit of the Parkland Ambulance Authority. It is comprised of a group of Paramedics and Emergency Medical Technicians that are employees of Parkland Ambulance Authority and members of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Local 3671. Honour Guard members volunteer to represent all of their fellow colleagues at ceremonial and special occasions. We currently have eleven active members, with plans to train two more members per year. The Parkland Paramedic Honour Guard is led by the Exectuive Officers, consisting of the Coordinator, Drill Commander, Treasurer and Recording Secretary.
"To honour those who have given the ultimate sacrifice in the service of others, to achieve our core values and to promote awareness of the Parkland Ambulance Authority and the EMS Profession as a whole."
"Parkland Paramedic Honour Guard will strive to be good stewards of the EMS profession and to be leaders in furthering the development of EMS Honour Guards in Alberta, Canada, and beyond."
The realization of the need to form an Honour Guard started in the Fall of 2005 after a Parkland Ambulance Authority Board Member was killed in a motorcycle accident. Members wearing the standard dress uniform and with little marching experience acted as honourary pallbearers on this solemn occasion. The idea gained momentum until, with assistance and basic drill training from the Edmonton Paramedic Guard of Honour in the spring of 2006, the Parkland Paramedic Honour Guard was formed. The purpose of the team is to honour our fallen brothers and sisters in Emergency Medical Services or those from other Fire, Police, and military agencies, and to increase EMS exposure in various community events and parades. In its' short history, the Parkland Paramedic Honour Guard has been honoured to attend numerous Line of Duty Death funerals and memorials across Canada, host Federal dignitaries, participate in many local and regional community events, perform sword drills at wedding ceremonies, and was the official Colour Party and Honour Guard for the 2008 Alberta Winter Games Opening Ceremonies.
The Parkland Paramedic Honour Guard is one of the founding members of the Alliance of Canadian EMS Honour Guards and also created the Alliance of Canadian EMS Honour Guards website and forum, and continues to host and maintain them.
Our Guard members are employed with Parkland Ambulance Authority based in Stony Plain, Alberta, a municipal all-Advanced Life Support service serving an urban/ rural area that borders the City of Edmonton to the West and South. Our coverage area includes Parkland County, Leduc County, County of Lac Ste. Anne, Sturgeon County, and the Edmonton International Airport, spanning approximately 6500 sq. km with a population base of 100,000 people. Our 90 staff members respond to an average annual call volume of over 8,000 calls per year.
The uniform of the Parkland Paramedic Honour Guard is custom made. The tunic is a "midnight blue" patrol dress high-collar style with gold EMS Star of Life buttons for the front, breast pocket, and epaulettes, and white detailing on the cuffs. Gold "Parkland Ambulance Authority" shoulder boards ornament the epaulettes. The white dress belt is finished with gold trim and a gold Parkland Ambulance Authority belt badge. The trousers are a "midnight blue" colour with white and gold-trimmed dress stripe. The dress forge cap is the Canadian Forces Navy style white with black peak and adorned by a gold Parkland Ambulance Authority cap badge. White lanyards are worn on the left shoulder by the members of the Guard, while the Drill Commander is distinguished by a gold lanyard. Black parade boots and white dress gloves round off the accoutrements for this dress uniform.