Emergency Medical Services (EMS)

EMS Symposium

Since 2001, the DNSSAB's Emergency Medical Services hosts an annual symposium that draws medical, emergency and mechanical services professionals from all over Ontario for outstanding content and valuable connections.​ This year's symposium is scheduled for October 12 and 13, 2016, at the Clarion Resort, Pinewood Park in North Bay. Please see the links below for more information and registration forms.


 About EMS

The District of Nipissing Social Services Administration Board isstretcher ambulance blurred-small.JPG the designated delivery agent responsible for the providing land ambulance services to the District of Nipissing.  It also administers the supply and use of AEDs as part of the PAD (Public Access Defibrillator) Lifeline Project


The District of Nipissing EMS/SMU provides pre-hospital care to the sick and injured in the communities that we serve. These professional and medically proven health care services are contracted out to qualified providers that are licensed by the Ministry of Health. We border with Manitoulin /Sudbury, Temiskaming District, Parry Sound, and Renfrew County, with whom we have successfully negotiated cross border agreements, assuring seamless primary care to all citizens in our district.


Our commitment to the communities we serve in providing land ambulance service is:

  1. To utilize only staff qualified under the Ambulance Act and its regulations Basic Life Support Levels and Advance Life Support where call volumes prescribes. 
  2. To utilize only vehicles meeting the current “Ontario Provincial Ambulance and Emergency Response Standards”. 
  3. To ensure that all on site staff respond to priority 3, 4 and 8 calls within 2 minutes.
  4. To ensure that all on call staff respond to priority 3, 4 and 8 calls within 10 minutes.
  5. To ensure that all other calls are done as soon as available resources allow for a response.
  6. To continuously monitor, response times in accordance to our deployment plan and meet the standards in place.
  7. To ensure that patient care being provided is in accordance with the standards set out in the current “Basic Life Support and Advance Life Support Patient Care Standards” , and local Base Hospital requirements.
  8. To supplement land ambulance resources with an Emergency First Response Team response in areas where teams are in force.

Land Ambulance


Land ambulance services are a vital part of emergency health care in Ontario. The delivery of land ambulance services is the responsibility of municipalities as one part of a much larger realignment of services between the province and municipalities. Land ambulance costs are shared between municipalities and the province on a 50:50 basis in accordance with a funding template.


Roles and Responsibilities


The following reflects Strategic Planning, Service System Management and Service Delivery Responsibilities of the Province and municipalities for ambulance service.



PROVINCE                                                        ​ MUNICIPALITIES​
  • Ensures the integration of land ambulance service with all other emergency health
  • Legislates, set the Standards, establishes guidelines, protocols and best practices are initiatives e.g. rural health and hospital restructuring
  • Plan for funding and service delivery land ambulance​
  • Consult with neighbouring municipalities on ambulance service delivery, issues, problems, and planning
  • Consult with health facilities and planners regarding future needs and trends
  • Ensures the provision of land ambulance services within the provincial emergency health services system
  • Licensing of services and staff 
  • Develop methods for cost sharing
  • Review contract with service providers 
  • Consult with province
  • Co-share land ambulance funding responsibility with municipalities (50%)
  • Responsibility for funding and service delivery of land ambulance for First Nations
  • Responsibility for funding and service delivery of land ambulance to unincorporated areas until suitable delivery agent is in place 
  • Co-share land ambulance funding (50%)
  • Full responsibility and accountability for land ambulance service delivery
  • Ensure essential linkages with clients, customers and service providers
  • Public and client education

The District of Nipissing Social Services Administration Board is contracted with the following: 

  • The North Bay – North Bay Regional Health Centre
  • The Mattawa General Hospital
  • The town of Temagami
  • The West Nipissing – North Bay Regional Health Centre 
  • South Algonquin – North Bay Regional Health Centre

The department operates the fleet maintenance for all emergency vehicles in the District of Nipissing.  There are three Emergency First Response Teams in the District (East Ferris, Field and Phelps). The approved Ministry template indicates a cost of approximately $7.4 million in 2011 for the service in the District of Nipissing.



District​ Call Volume​
NORTH BAY  16,024

For more information about Land Ambulance Services, please go to: 



For more information about the Air Ambulance Act, please go to: http://health.gov.on.ca/english/providers/program/ambul/ehs_mn.html

DNSSAB Contact:

Mr. Jean-Guy Belzile
Director, Emergency Medical Services
Nipissing District Social Services Administration Board
200 McIntyre Street West
North Bay, ON P1B 8J8
Telephone: 1-705-474-2151
Email: jean-guy.belzile@dnssab.on.ca

PAD (Public Access Defibrillator) Lifeline Project

​Currently, there are approximately 50 AED (Auto External Defibrillators) in schools, arenas and public gathering places in the Nipissing District. To inquire about establishing an AED in your workplace, please contact EMS Manager, Jean-Guy Belzile. For more information about the PAD Lifeline project, visit http://www.heartandstroke.on.ca/site/c.pvI3IeNWJwE/b.3581655/k.9C4D/ResuscitationCPR.htm

Survivors, JGB, Mayor, Alexander Lotto.jpg 

Left to right: EMS Manager Jean-Guy Belzile, Andrew Lotto of the Heart and Stroke FFoundation, survivors, Bill Copeman, Roger Menard and North Bay Mayor Al McDonald celebrate lives saved.

The first and 50th AED-assisted save in Ontario both occurred in North Bay.

EMS Symposium


 Since 2001, the DNSSAB's Emergency Medical Services hosts an annual symposium that draws medical, emergency and mechanical services professionals from all over Ontario for three days of outstanding content and valuable connections.​ Click on the links below to see this year's programme and to register.




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