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Pusser said:There is also the matter of the difference between local and national recognition. National honours (e.g. the ESMs) are recognized nationally and the information is accessible from a national database. Local ones, not so much.
National organizations like the CAF and RCMP yes. Municipal, not so much.
If you know one Paramedic service, you know one Paramedic service. We have something like 60 in Ontario. Each one is different. Across Canada, Paramedics are regulated provincially. I have no idea of Paramedic Operations outside Ontario.
Brihard said:Ontario has medals for police and fir braery that are kosher to wear.
Like I said, other than court, you'll never wear a dress uniform on duty anyway. Unless they are warming a chair at Emergency Services HQ. ( I think THEY get medals. )
Incidentally, what you do wear on your 40-hour Operational jacket are the little caduceus that you see on the lower left sleeve of the Paramedic on the right in the photo. ( They are partners both wearing the old shoulder badges. ) That's really all you need. Personally, I would prefer to partner with a Paramedic who has some TI on the job than a hero. Just my personal opinion only!
As far as Federal and Provincial Bravery medals go, I've seen examples posted on here of guys getting duplicate bravery medals from both the Federal and Provincial governments for the same call! I've also seen them awarded to - much deserving - five year olds.
What we found where we worked was that unlike the military or even the police or fire, it was usually just the two of you. Your partner is your only witness, if you want a medal.
We had a few crews where partners took turns nominating each other over the years for Departmental awards! You look at the list, and it's the same few guys year after year! They weren't above calling their favorite city reporters either.