Moose Country Minute – February 24 2018


I was driving south of Ottawa the other day, more on a snowmobile trail guide excursion that anything else, check out road crossings …. that sort of thing … when an ambulance screamed by with its lights flashing and its siren ramped up.

I thought nothing of it, of course. Someone was obviously having a very bad day, which is not unusual.

It happens, right?

In some of our cities, the sounds of police, fire and ambulance sirens are the white noise of our cities.

The next morning, in the newspaper delivered to my door, I read of a 32-year-old snowmobiler being treated for what was called “severe multi-system trauma” after his machine crashed into a utility pole.

The story said paramedics at the scene treated him with what was referred to as “advanced life-support care” while transporting him to the Ottawa Hospital trauma unit.

No name of the victim was given, but I hope he pulls through, even though it appears to be touch and go.

What we don’t realize enough is that our paramedics keep the fatal injuries in our cities at a low, and that goes for the gang-related shootings in our cities that only a few years ago would be murders.

Their skills are incredible; and their jobs stressful.

But, if paramedics can’t get to you, and you crash your machine out on the bush, then you chance of survival goes down the toilet.

I witnessed such an accident years ago, and it did one very positive thing regarding my life on the trails.

It slowed me down.