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Grey's Paramedic Director Retiring

Grey County | by Claire McCormack  

Grey County's Mike Muir is retiring after 39 years in Paramedicine.

Director of Paramedic Services Mike Muir  

Grey County's Director of Paramedic Services Mike Muir is retiring after 39 years on the job.

The last day for the top medic in Grey's nine municipalities will be September 30th, 2017.

Muir says he has no immediate plans for his retirement and no present plans to take on any other job.  

Grey County Paramedics Services Operations Manager Kevin McNab will take over the position as Director in October and is working with Muir in the lead-up to his retirement.

Muir was 19 when he began working as a paramedic in Midland at a time when speed limits on roads were different, seat belt use wasn't as common and neither were airbags.

"The crashes that we used to do on Highway 69 were pretty horrendous and I got thrown into the fire pretty quickly, " says Muir.

He became a more specialized advanced care medic in Toronto in 1990 and traveled all over the city going to the worst calls and the worst crashes.

Eventually Muir began teaching other advanced care paramedics in Toronto and in 1998, saw a job opening in Grey County and moved with his family to the area.

Numerous community programs have been put into use during Muir's time in Grey, including the EPIC program which sees paramedics check on chronically ill people in their houses and the Remote Patient Monitoring program through which paramedics keep an eye on patients remotely, and respond if there are abnormalities in their vital signs.

New mental health initiatives have been instituted not only to help patients, but also to assist paramedics in handling things like Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
Grey County's Paramedics now go into social housing twice a month and provide clinics there every two weeks.

"It's been great, to be part of it, it's not just me though, believe me, there are a lot of people right from the front lines who work hard every day to represent this service," says Muir.

In terms of the future of Paramedicine in Grey County, Muir says recognizing it as a profession has been an important step.

He says better mapping systems for ambulances and developing their community paramedic programs will be key for the future care in Grey, "We've cornered the market on community Paramedicine programs, so a lot of other services are going to try to get to where we are."

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