National recognition for a Saskatoon paramedic

He has been a paramedic for 22 years.

He was the first designated critical care paramedic in the province, which is the highest of the four levels of training in the field.

He worked as an advanced care paramedic at Royal University Hospital for 11 years and he served on the code/outreach team at Saskatoon City Hospital. Currently, he is a paramedic with STARS and is also the manager of the Emergency Department at RUH.

These are some of the reasons Jason Trask has been chosen as the Paramedic of the Year by the Paramedic Association of Canada.

One night that was a challenging one in his career was the night of the Humboldt Broncos bus crash.

He was wearing his manager hat at the time and says it was the biggest medical response event he has ever been a part of. He saw first hand all the excellent care the paramedics and other emergency teams provided.

Trask said paramedics see a lot of tragedy, but there are also times of triumph. For instance, when a patient comes back from a cardiac arrest or when you help to deliver a baby.

He was honoured as Paramedic of the Year at the Paramedicine Across Canada Expo in Winnipeg. The expo and conference welcomed over 500 paramedics from around the world from Thursday to Saturday.


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