During Paramedic Services Week, we take the time to thank paramedics across Canada for their work and recognize their courage and dedication.

The commitment of paramedics deserves to be celebrated every week of every year. But it is especially important at this moment, as we navigate our way through the COVID-19 pandemic.

Paramedics put themselves at risk to serve the public every day. When most of us are running away from danger, they are running towards it. This is even truer today with COVID-19.

All front-line health care professionals, emergency medical staff, first responders, dispatchers, and members of the paramedic team deserve our thanks for their heroism in these most difficult circumstances.

Strengthening health and safety measures must be a top priority. We must ensure that paramedics have the personal protective equipment they need to stay safe and healthy on the job. We must help and protect those that help and protect the public.

Mental health must also be a priority, as many paramedics often deal with high levels of stress and psychological injury, such as post-traumatic stress disorder.

CUPE thanks all of its members in paramedic services for their service. We will continue to work with our members to make sure their voices are heard and that the issues facing paramedics get the attention they deserve.