Nova Scotia moves to designate May 1 as First Responders’ Day
October 17, 2023
By Avert staff
Nova Scotia is looking to designate May 1 of each year as First Responders’ Day in the province.
Premier Tim Houston introduced new legislation last week that would recognize first responders in healthcare, law enforcement and emergency services.
“Every day, first responders place themselves in harm’s way to keep us safe. They are our province’s heroes, and they deserve a day of recognition for the essential role they play in the safety of our communities,” Premier Houston said in a news release. “We want them to know we appreciate the important work they do to help others.”
The province described first responders as volunteers or professionals who are responsible for the protection and preservation of life, property, evidence and the environment during an emergency such as police, firefighters, military personnel, auxiliary coast guard members, paramedics, dispatchers, doctors, nurses, medical evacuation pilots, mental health providers, emergency managers, tow truck drivers and ground search and rescue volunteers.
The legislation will take effect upon royal assent.
John Lohr, Minister responsible for Nova Scotia’s Emergency Management Office, said, “I know first-hand the care and dedication that first responders in our province have for their communities. They deserve our recognition, honour and appreciation each and every day.”
Ontario was the first province to officially recognize May 1 as First Responders’ Day in 2013.
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