The Hastings Quinte Paramedic Services has plans to keep its paramedics safer in 2017.

This stems from a report by Chief Paramedic Doug Socha during today’s Hastings Highlands Council meeting.

Socha says health and wellness strategies for paramedics will be a big part of the services’ 2017 priorities.

Socha says the Hastings Quinte Paramedic Services has also applied for federal funding to research expanding the technology paramedics use.

He also points out that the number of service calls for paramedic services in the area goes up every year, with a year-over-year increase of about 8 per cent in 2016.