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Column 00E

Manitoba Newspaper Headlines

The following are the headlines of Manitoba newspaper articles collected by Ron Forsman, operator of Neepawa Ambulance Service from 1975 to 2005.

Dec 9 1971 Neepawa Press - Ambulance operator seeks subsidy

Feb 27 1975 Neepawa Press - Ambulance service future is confused

Mar 5 1975 Neepawa Press - New ambulance service March 15

Aug 2 1975 Winnipeg Tribune - City triples ambulance staff

Feb 23 1978 Neepawa Press - Local ambulance owner briefs volunteers

May 10 1979 Neepawa Press - Students learn basics of CPR techniques

May 10 1979 Neepawa Press - Course on life-saving techniques

June 5 1980 Neepawa Press - CPR courses not waste of energy

Aug 14 1980 The Times - Trehern ambulance drivers serve Neepawa

Oct 14 1980 Winnipeg Free Press - Ambulance service uneven; Life and death all in day's work; Trip to hospital is hazardous to your health

Oct 15 1980 Winnipeg Free Press - Ambulance reforms slow to come; City crews unable to use skills

Oct 16 1980 Winnipeg Free Press - Health Minister dismisses ambulance concerns

Oct 30 1980 Neepawa Press - Rural ambulance services irked by Free Press report; Ambulance services object

Jul 30 1981 Neepawa Press - Slow down, pull over!

Sep 30 1981 Winnipeg Free Press - Dedicated men

Oct 1 1981 Neepawa Press - Nitrous Oxide introduced for ambulance patients

Nov 6 1981 Winnipeg Free Press - Faulty ambulances stay on road

Nov 18 1981 Gladstone Press - Volunteers happy to serve their community ambulance

Dec 30 1981 Portage Leader - Volunteer ambulance - in MacGregor people's time is donated free, in Gladstone an honorarium is paid

Apr 22 1982 Neepawa Press - Ambulance service needs fund increase; Ambulance is a vital service

May 5 1982 Stonewall Argus - Ambulance drivers temporarily resign

May 1982 Ambulance service agency seen needed

May 27 1982 Neepawa Press - Heart monitor donated to ambulance service

May 1982 CESNA - Ambulance service needs fund increase

Aug 30 1982 Winnipeg Free Press - Troubled emergency service plan to start

Jan 19 1983 Selkirk Enterprise - Talks on ambulance service may be held

Jan 20 1983 Neepawa Press - Ambulance operator seeks grant increase

Jan 22 1983 Winnipeg Free Press - Ambulance service cutbacks posed

Jan 27 1983 Neepawa Press - Ambulance issue to be aired on TV; Do you value your life? Doctors invite comments about ambulance service

Feb 3 1983 Neepawa Press - Excellent program on ambulance

Feb 9 1983 Brandon Sun - Neepawa faces less ambulance service

Feb 10 1983 Neepawa Press - 8% increase for Neepawa ambulance; Good ambulance service is needed

Feb 17 1983 Neepawa Press - Ambulance grants increased 42%

Feb 24 1983 Neepawa Press - Different perspective on ambulance budget

Mar 7 1984 Winnipeg Free Press - Heart attack victim dies at home during hour wait for ambulance

Mar 8 1984 Winnipeg Free Press - Desjardin suggests municipalities fund backup ambulances

Mar 13 1984 Winnipeg Free Press - Rural ambulance service threatened

Mar 15 1984 Neepawa Press - Two-unit ambulance service to be renewed

Mar 5 1984 Reston Recorder - End of volunteer service

Apr 30 1984 Winnipeg Free Press - Motorist killed in collision with ambulance

May 8 1984 Winnipeg Free Press - Ambulance service neglect cited - Politicians Tend to ignore "pre-hospital" health care

June 2 1984 Winnipeg Free Press - Death of woman prompts new ambulance rules; Ambulance rules revamped; Rural ambulances need more funds, operators claim

June 5 1984 Winnipeg Free Press - Air ambulance to meet needs of north, south

June 5 1984 Selkirk Enterprise - Ambulance article called "bizarre"; Accident response probed

June 18 1984 Winnipeg Free Press - Funding imperils ambulance service

June 22 1984 Winnipeg Free Press - Ambulance response criticized

June 25 1984 Winnipeg Free Press - Ambulance team response called "really ridiculous"; Ambulance inquiry sought

June 27 1984 Winnipeg Free Press - Ambulance response satisfies city

July 19 1984 Neepawa Press - Kinsmen help keep ambulance in operation; New ambulance unit purchased

July 26 1984 Winnipeg Free Press - Ambulance speed, driver training unregulated

Aug 14 1984 Selkirk Enterprise - Committee looking to possible buy out of Selkirk Ambulance

Sep 11 1984 Winnipeg Free Press - Ambulance delay linked to fatality

Oct 11 1984 Winnipeg Free Press - New aircraft slated for use as ambulance

Oct 13 1984 Winnipeg Free Press - The wrong ambulance aircraft

Nov 28 1984 Winnipeg Free Press - Ambulances to get heart defibrillators

Dec 2 1984 Winnipeg Sun - Attendants revive "dead" woman

Jan 30 1985 Winnipeg Free Press - Rural ambulance service threatened

Sept 15 1985 Winnipeg Free Press - Stingy ambulance service funding deplored; Province blamed for ambulance situation; City ambulance charge among top in Canada

Nov 26 1985 Winnipeg Free Press - Blood and Guts - It takes a lot of intestinal fortitude to be an ambulance attendant

Nov 28 1985 Neepawa Press - Local ambulance owner critical of air service

Feb 13 1986 Winnipeg Free Press - Ambulance help refused by city

Feb 20 1986 Winnipeg Free Press - Ambu-care ads called misleading

Mar 6 1986 Neepawa Press - Collision damages ambulance and auto

Mar 10 1986 Winnipeg Free Press - Residents urge RM to set up ambulance service

Mar 20 1986 Winnipeg Free Press - Ambulance rescue brings reprimand

Mar 23 1986 Sunday Free Press - Heart victim's death linked to tight ambulance budget; Crews overworked, union says; Lifesaving driver back on job

Mar 25 1986 Winnipeg Free Press - 18 workers needed, union argues

Mar 26 1986 Winnipeg Free Press - Ambulance head defends heart attack response time

Apr 13 1986 Winnipeg Free Press - $500 ambulance tab called outrage

July 8 1986 Brandon Sun - Volunteers quit Rivers ambulance force

July 9 1986 Winnipeg Free Press - Ambulance service for prison puzzles municipal reeve

Aug 18 1986 Winnipeg Free Press - Doctor decries refusal to fly emergency patients out of province

Aug 19 1986 Winnipeg Free Press - Health Minister defends emergency policy

Aug 20 1986 Winnipeg Free Press - Poor runway forces banning of air ambulance

Aug 29 1986 Winnipeg Free Press - Government jet flies patient as air ambulance sits unused

Nov 2 1986 Winnipeg Sun - Ambulance Horror Story; Bungling attendants terrify patient: Mother; Ex-driver slams service

Nov 5 1986 Winnipeg Sun - Dad was refused ambulance; Manitou service rejects man's plea for help

Nov 24 1986 Winnipeg Free Press - Ambulance union rejects limited strike; City asks half ambulance staff to stay at work

Dec 11 1986 Winnipeg Free Press - Ambulance service stress called threat; Ambulance facilities criticized in report

Dec 11 1986 Winnipeg Sun - Ambulance stress ignored, families often suffer

Dec 12 1986 Winnipeg Sun - Councilor's comments irk ambulance crews

Dec 12 1986 Winnipeg Free Press - Ambulance workers seek improvements to stations; Union charges councilors aware of ambulance woes

Dec 13 1986 Winnipeg Free Press - City called on carpet over ambulance report

Dec 14 1986 Winnipeg Sun - Toxic fumes another threat of ambulance workers

Dec 16 1986 Winnipeg Free Press - City faulted on ambulance report

Jan 20 1987 Winnipeg Free Press - City ambulance service upgrading recommended

Apr 1987 CESN - Manitoba association takes aim at emergency patient care

July 9 1987 Winnipeg Free Press - Major problems mar ambulance service

Dec 16 1987 Brandon Sun - Ambulance fees rise six per cent

Jan 19 1988 Winnipeg Free Press - Treatment of toddler sparks suit

Feb 21 1988 Winnipeg Free Press - Low ambulance fees force operators to moonlight; Ambulance deficit prompts review

Mar 4 1988 Winnipeg Sun - Rally slams "meager" ambulance grants; Workers protest funding levels for ambulances

Mar 8 1988 Neepawa Press - Ambulance drivers rally for increased funding

Mar 23 1988 Winnipeg Free Press - Ambulance fees rate equal billing with death

June 28 1988 Hospital rejects shaming ambulance fee debtors

July 1988 CESN - Government intervention necessary to save Manitoba ambulance system

Oct 9 1988 Winnipeg Free Press - Ambulance fee rejected

Oct 16 1988 Winnipeg Free Press - Doubled ambulance funds sought

Oct 17 1988 Brandon Sun - Province faces "something terrible" unless ambulance funding doubles

Oct 21 1988 Winnipeg Free Press - Air ambulance deal reached

Nov 5 1988 Winnipeg Free Press - Churchill councilor takes wheel, ends crisis

Jan 16 1989 Winnipeg Free Press - Ambulance crisis places lives at risk

Mar 25 1989 Brandon Sun - Increased ambulance grant "great news"

Aug 19 1989 Brandon Sun - Volunteer shortage plagues area ambulance

Nov 1989 Russell ambulance service could be in jeopardy

Mar 21 1990 New ambulance to be next arrival at Carberry hospital

Mar 22 1990 Neepawa Banner - Neepawa ambulance committee gets new ambulance

Sep 4 1990 Neepawa Press - Neepawa's basic life saving service first priority

Feb 26 1992 Winnipeg Free Press - Ambulance team skips resuscitation step; Ambulance staff called overworked

Mar 30 1992 Winnipeg Sun - Paramedics get support of Winnipeggers; Paramedics loss would be deadly, city woman warns

Mar 31 1992 Winnipeg Sun - Paramedics won't withdraw advanced life-saving services

Aug 15 1992 Winnipeg Sun - Paramedics in fiscal crisis; "Scaled-down" paramedic program may get $$

Aug 15 1992 Winnipeg Free Press - Rural paramedic plan weighed

Mar 30 1993 Brandon Sun - Rural patients shouldn't have to pay cost of long expensive ambulance trips

Aug 23 1993 Selkirk ambulance workers moonlight to pay for training

Oct 15 1993 Winnipeg Free Press - Lack of training a bitter burden - rural ambulance volunteers want skills

Oct 20 1993 Portage Daily Graphic - Rural ambulance workers demand better training; MacGregor ambulance workers win prestigious competition

Nov 3 1994 Brandon Sun - Birtle ambulance hit

Nov 15 1994 Brandon Sun - "Bargain basement price" for ambulance ride history

Dec 4 1994 Brandon Sunday - The cry in rural Manitoba is for...911; City set to be emergency hub

Dec 5 1994 Brandon Sun - Rural officials want 911

Dec 21 1994 Brandon Sun - Ambulance need near crisis

Mar 2 1995 Portage Daily Graphic - Too many ambulances: doctors

June 12 1995 Neepawa Banner - Forsman received Exemplary Service Medal

July 29 1995 Winnipeg Sun - Beausejour ambulance volunteers die in line of duty

Aug 8 1995 Winnipeg Sun - Lobby group wants fire and ambulance blended

Nov 4 1995 Saturday Free Press - Emergency service in crisis

Jan 12 1996 Sunday Free Press - Get-well ride costs senior $755

May 23 1996 Winnipeg Free Press - Help is on the way - again

Jun 8 1996 Sunday Free Press - Ambulance workers deserve pat on back; Paramedics more than drivers

Sep 10 1996 Minnedosa Tribune - Ambulance wait "Appalling"

Sep 30 1996 Winnipeg Sun - Turf war predicted if fire, ambulance departments unite

Nov 24 1996 Sunday Free Press - Ambulance driver blamed for injury

Jun 24 1996 Brandon Sun - Volunteer ambulance attendants save lives

Jan 15 1998 Winnipeg Free Press - Critical rural patients paying hundreds to transfer hospitals

Jan 21 1998 Winnipeg Free Press - Paramedics honored for snow ambulance

Jan 24 1998 Sunday Free Press - Ambulance service in critical condition: paramedics

Jan 26 1998 Neepawa Press - Medical director touts ambulance fee changes to benefit rural Manitobans; Ambulance coverage proposed

Feb 5 1998 Winnipeg Free Press - NDP calls EMS funding a crisis

May 6 1998 Brandon Sun - Melita's ambulance crew on critical list

May 7 1998 Brandon Sun - Hats off to ambulance, fire volunteers

Jun 2 1998 Brandon Sun - Paid ambulance services replacing volunteer staff

Jun 9 1998 Swan River Star - Ambulance garage is put on hold

July 4 1998 Neepawa Banner - 911 emergency response system comes to Neepawa

July 20 1998 Carberry News - 911 call raises concerns

July 28 1998 Swan River Star - New ambulance is on the road

Sept 14 1988 Carberry News - Ambulance drivers urgently needed!

Oct 24 1998 Neepawa Banner - Erickson staff shortage halts ambulance service

Nov 3 1998 Swan River Star - Ambulance service ready for EMS awareness week

Nov 7 1998 Neepawa Banner - Erickson Ambulance Service resumes normal duties

Dec 22 1998 Swan River Star - Ambulance garage confusion

Nov 30 1998 Neepawa Press - Rural, city emergency response times differ

Jan 1 1999 Neepawa Banner - No standby crews available for after hours

Jan 2 1999 Brandon Sun - Money woes have ambulance scaling back

Jan 4 1999 Neepawa Press - Ambulance reducing level of service

Jan 11 1999 Neepawa Press - Marquette lobbying for increased ambulance funding

Jan 14 1999 Winnipeg Free Press - Solutions sought for rural ambulance woes

Jan 16 1999 Neepawa Banner - Health Minister forms ambulance task force

Mar 1 1999 Stonewall Argus - Teulon ambulance levy may double

Mar 4 1999 Brandon Sun - Ambulance attendants resist rate increase

May 8 1999 Neepawa Banner - Ambulance staff raises funds to improve service

May 10 1999 Brandon Sun - Patients will have to wait for trained ambulance crews

May 14 1999 Winnipeg Free Press - Ambulance service cut blamed on underfunding

May 18 1999 Winnipeg Free Press - Paramedics reject city's latest contract offer; How much is a paramedic worth?

May 31 1999 Winnipeg Free Press - Ambulance fee unfair: council

June 6 1999 Brandon Wheat City - Ambulance trip billing just tip of the iceberg

Sep 12 1999 Brandon Wheat City - Ambulance changes raise concern

Sep 14 1999 Winnipeg Free Press - Ambulances in trouble: mayor

Nov 9 1999 Winnipeg Free Press - City eyes $5-a-year ambulance fee hike

Dec 15 1999 Winnipeg Free Press - Patients face rural ambulance crunch; Report calls for more paid staff

Dec 17 1999 Winnipeg Free Press - Mayor gives kudos to paramedic graduates

Dec 20 1999 Neepawa Press - Rural ambulance underfunded: report

Dec 29 1999 Winnipeg Free Press - Rural ambulance consultation promised by NDP

Jan 3 2000 Neepawa Press - Health Minister to address ambulance funding

Jan 19 2000 Winnipeg Sun - Stretcher services fight bans

Feb 9 2000 Winnipeg Free Press - Paramedics to replace ambulance in Transcona

Feb 12 2000 Saturday Free Press - Transcona losing ambulance

Mar 7 2000 Winnipeg Sun - 4 ambulances OK'd to hit road; Decision likely to be overturned; Vote to buy ambulances likely DOA at city hall

Mar 9 2000 Winnipeg Free Press - Ambulance all tied up for 2 hours

Mar 15 2000 Winnipeg Free Press -RMs to lose ambulance, fire service

Mar 18 2000 Winnipeg Sun - Ambulance service in peril

Mar 25 2000 Winnipeg Sun - Rural EMS stretched to limit

Mar 26 2000 Winnipeg Free Press - Bridge saving could buy ambulances; Need an ambulance? Take a number; Critical shortage means city often has "no cars available"

Mar 29 2000 Winnipeg Free Press - EMS system needs more money

Mar 31 2000 Winnipeg Free Press - City paramedics need rural support

Apr 10 2000 Neepawa Press - More funding needed to bring ambulance fees down

May 1 2000 Carberry News - Carberry to lose its backup ambulance?

Jan 22 2003 Brandon Sun - Ambulance fees up

Mar 11 2003 Winnipeg Sun - 911 province wide? Public wrongly thinks so

Mar 15 2003 Winnipeg Sun - 911 troubles "common"

Aug 9 2003 Winnipeg Sun - Paramedics get lift driving through severe weather

Jan 18 2004 Brandon Sun - Ambulance in collision near hospital

Feb 20 2004 Brandon Sun - Highway medicine a sign of the future

Oct 30 2004 Brandon Sun - Ambulance trips free- RHA will cover trips caused by pediatrician shortage

Apr 18 2005 Neepawa Banner - Ambulance service to shrink?

May 9 2005 Neepawa Banner - End of a thirty-year era, Neepawa Ambulance closes, Ron Forman retires; RHA taking over ambulance service in Neepawa

May 16 2005 Neepawa Banner - Opinion on EMS $$$

Aug 28 2005 Brandon Sun - Lack of specialist leaves mom stuck with $808 ambulance bill

Aug 30 2005 Brandon Sun - NDP admits policy "has to be fixed"

Sep 6 2005 Brandon Sun - Manitoba's ambulance crisis

Sep 29 2005 Brandon Sun - Mom must pay bills for ambulance

Oct 6 2005 Brandon Sun - Time to pay up Health Minister; Province hopes to ease rural discrepancies

Oct 11 2005 Winnipeg Sun - Ambulance bill fiasco slammed

Oct 29 2005 Melita New Era - Ambulance drivers needed - Melita

Nov 25 2005 Brandon Sun - Health Minister vows ambulance fee will be scrapped

Dec 12 2005 Neepawa Banner - Tories demand Doer stop off loading ambulance costs

Dec 23 2005 Brandon Sun - Boissevain, Deloraine patients face ambulance transfers - Locals just hope nothing happens

June 20 2006 Brandon Sun - Ambulance fleet upgrade continues

July 3 2006 Neepawa Banner - RHA eyes ambulance facility

July 24 2006 Neepawa Banner - Ambulance warning - Neighbor objects to choice of proposed ambulance property

Sept 16 2006 Brandon Sun - Province boosting ambulance service funding

Oct 12 2006 Brandon Sun - Mayoral candidate vows to push province to keep promise on paying for ambulance trips

Nov 4 2006 Brandon Sun - Fix the ambulance fees

Nov 14 2006 Brandon Sun - Millions in ambulance funding means no more "24 hour rule"; Free ambulance service to go province-wide

Nov 15 2006 Brandon Sun - Patients on hook for previous ambulance bills

Nov 20 2006 Neepawa Press - Time's up for "24-hour rule"

Jan 29 2007 Neepawa Press - Council agrees, ambulance garage should move