Saskatoon's paramedics will be showing Canada late this fall what it takes to work the night shift.
In February, a pilot episode of First Response: Paramedics followed five MD Ambulance paramedics responding to emergency calls on the night shift, from car crashes to people short of breath. It aired locally, and MD Ambulance spokesperson Troy Davies says the reception was so positive that it was picked up for a 10 episode first season on a national station. Davies says their 60 second teaser for the pilot episode received more than half a million views on Facebook, from across Canada to the United States and even Australia. He says "it's something that paramedics have been waiting for for a long time, so that people get a realistic point of view for what the job actually entails". Davies says while the show focuses specifically on emergency calls, people will see the compassion of paramedics and ability to calm people down while dealing with patients that may be going through not just physical injuries but mental health issues. He also notes that paramedics were getting messages from around the world after the pilot, and of the 14 paramedic spots available for the 10 episode season, 33 applications were sent in. Davies says, "I think that shows that we have a lot of respect for the show, people thought it was done right, and secondly that paramedics can be actors too". Filming for the first season begins June 21st, following the night shifts of 14 paramedics each night until the end of July. It will start airing across the country in late November.