In January, the Town of Cut Knife received a new ambulance from the Saskatchewan Health Authority. This is now the second ambulance operating out of the Cut Knife Health Complex. The first ambulance, originally purchased jointly by the Town and the R.M. of Cut Knife, will remain in the community to be used when required.
The new unit comes equipped with a 450 engine and a variety of options not available in older models including an electronic dispatch system, liquid suspension, a back-up camera on the rear of the vehicle, and a camera in the rear of the ambulance. A new FLIR accessory, a thermal imaging device, will help to detect wildlife on the road and avoid accidents. These technological developments, and others, have been designed to ensure the safety of EMS personnel and their patients.
The Cut Knife Emergency Medical Services unit has been very busy this year and has already logged more than 20,000 kms. By the end of March, Cut Knife EMS had responded to 170 calls, leaving many other calls to be passed to other area units.