Peterborough and Kawartha Lakes to share chief of paramedic services

Peterborough County-City Paramedics Chief Randy Mellow will take over for retiring Kawartha Lakes Chief Andrew Rafton

Randy Mellow (left), the chief of Peterborough County-City Paramedics, will also be leading the Kawartha Lakes Paramedic Service when its current chief, Andrew Rafton (right), retires in November 2020. The municipal councils of the City of Kawartha Lakes and Peterborough County entered into a shared services agreement following an ongoing joint review of the two paramedic services. (Photo courtesy of City of Kawartha Lakes)
Randy Mellow (left), the chief of Peterborough County-City Paramedics, will also be leading the Kawartha Lakes Paramedic Service when its current chief, Andrew Rafton (right), retires in November 2020. The municipal councils of the City of Kawartha Lakes and Peterborough County entered into a shared services agreement following an ongoing joint review of the two paramedic services. (Photo courtesy of City of Kawartha Lakes)

Randy Mellow, the chief of Peterborough County-City Paramedics, will soon also be leading the Kawartha Lakes Paramedic Service.

The City of Kawartha Lakes and Peterborough County made the announcement in a joint media release issued on Tuesday evening (September 15).

The current chief of Kawartha Lakes Paramedic Service, Andrew Rafton, is retiring in November after 35 years of service.

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The decision to share a paramedics chief follows a joint review of paramedic services for the two municipalities, prompted by Rafton’s upcoming retirement and a need for greater efficiencies between the two paramedic services.

Both municipal councils recently received presentations from the paramedic services review team, which includes the chiefs and senior staff from the two services, and approved a shared services agreement for the paramedics chief.

With 34 years of paramedic service experience, Mellow has served as Peterborough County-City Paramedics chief since 2014, and previously served as deputy chief as well as chief of Essex-Windsor EMS. He is also the current president of the Paramedic Chiefs of Canada.

Both municipal councils have directed the joint paramedic services review team to analyze additional opportunities for efficiencies between the two services, including in purchasing, human resources, facilities, and fleet management. The two councils will consider any recommendations coming from the analysis in 2021.

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