Paramedic calls it a profession after 50 years serving Kingston and Quinte areas

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“Everyone needs to say that delivering infants is the excessive level of their profession — nicely, possibly for the attendant, however not essentially for the girl that’s delivering the infant.”

Christie, who lives in Kingston, mentioned in the beginning of his profession he was merely referred to as a driver and helper.


“All I had was a first-aid certificates and chauffer’s licence, Christie, who began his profession in June 1969, mentioned. “A chauffer’s licence allow you to drive something.”

To say paramedic companies have superior a great distance since Christie began within the enterprise can be an understatement.

However over these 5 many years, Christie was capable of maintain his coaching up with the occasions.

Graham Christie, a paramedic with the Hastings Quinte Paramedic Services, the first 36 years in the Kingston and Frontenac County area shows off a Ford Econoline van that was used as ambulances in the early 1970's. Christie retired on December 17 2020 after a 50 year career. Submitted Photo/Kingston Whig-Standard/Postmedia Network
Graham Christie exhibits off a Ford Econoline van that was used as an ambulance within the early 1970s. Christie retired on Dec. 17 2020 after a 50 yr profession. Photograph by Submitted /Submitted

When he began, a number of the ambulances have been transformed hearses or station wagons with a single purple emergency mild on high.

Christie mentioned many native companies operated ambulances, together with the Robert Reid Funeral Residence on Barrie Avenue, assorted garages and taxi firms.

“The funeral properties ran it as a result of that they had the automobiles sufficiently big they usually had a stretcher within the again, in fact,” he mentioned. “It was the joke that they gained both manner.”


The provincial authorities took the duty for ambulance service in 1968, however personal operators have been allowed to supply their companies till their contracts ran out, Christie mentioned.

Ford Econoline vans changed numerous vehicles at that time, he mentioned.

Early in his profession, Christie was employed to work out of Resort Dieu Hospital.


“Once I first began, I used to be making so little cash I needed to work a couple of ambulance service,” he mentioned.