In 1972, the Winterton Fire Department approached the government for funding for a rescue van. The reply that we got back was, ‘We don’t have money for a rescue van, but we have an ambulance if you want one’. After some discussion, it was agreed that an ambulance would be a wonderful asset to our area since the closest one was in Harbour Grace.
After the arrangements were made, the ambulance arrived and went into service in July of 1973. Our service area was from Lead Cove to Hopeall. Heart’s Delight-Islington got an ambulance a few years later and covered the area above Heart’s Desire. Old Perlican to the other side now covers to Brownsdale. Through mutual aid agreement, we cover each others areas if for some reason our ambulance is out of service. The ambulance started with Fire Department members, but we gradually added other drivers. It was easy to get drivers since all you needed was a Class 5 license, you didn’t even need to know first aid.
In the late 80’s or early 90’s, the government brought in programs in Para-Medicine. With this, drivers and attendants had minimum requirements which had to be met. Those requirements have continued to rise, which requires continuing education and upgrading. The ambulance is now run by a committee made up of attendants, a member of council and a member of the public.
Chairman, Ambulance Service
Born and raised in Sibley’s Cove, NL. Moved to Winterton in 1988. Married with one child.
Debbie has been with the Winterton Ambulance Service for 11 years, first as a volunteer and then as a full-time employee.
Debbie is trained as an Emergency Medical Responder (EMR) and is also PMO certified.
Debbie is currently a member of the EMO Committee.
Was born and raised in Winterton. Married with three children.
In 2002, Councilor Coates completed the Licensed Practical Nursing program. Then in 2006, he completed the Primary Care Para-Medicine program.
Currently, Councilor Coates is working with Eastern Health. Currently an active member on the Winterton Volunteer Fire Department, the Winterton Ambulance Service and a member with the EMO Committee.
Holds a seat on the Park Committee with the Town of Winterton. Councilor Coates was elected to The Town Council of Winterton in 2009.
Was born and raised in Winterton. Married with two children and one grandchild.
Over the years Harold has volunteered on several community groups.
Harold has been active with the Winterton Ambulance Service for a number of years, first as a volunteer and then for ten years as a full-time employee.
Harold is trained as an Emergency Medical Responder (EMR) and is also PMO certified.
Born and raised in Carbonear, NL; moved to Winterton in 1976. Married with two children and five grandchildren.
Peggy has worked at a processing plant for 30 years. Peggy started volunteering with the Winterton Ambulance Service ten years ago.
She then went on to obtain Emergency Medical Responder (EMR) status and obtained full-time employment with the service five years ago.
Peggy is now PMO certified and is enjoying every minute of work with the service.
Born and raised in Winterton. Married with three children, six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Victor is an active member of the Winterton Ambulance Service for 40 years. Victor has worked as a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) and later trained as Emergency Medical Responder (EMR).
Victor is a long-term active member with the Winterton Volunteer Fire Department for 40 years and is a member of the EMO Committee.