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Leadership alumnus wins Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal

If you watch CSI or Hawaii Five-0 you may have some misconceptions about how Canadian emergency responders communicate. Many people wrongly assume that police, fire and EMS agencies have the ability to immediately and directly communicate with each other during joint responses to emergencies. While this is not usually the case, MA Leadership, Health Specialization alumnus and EMS veteran Pascal Rodier is trying to change that. For his significant commitment and contribution to improving public safety nationally by promoting communications interoperability – the ability of public safety agencies to exchange voice and/or data with one another on demand and in real time – Rodier received a Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal in October. “Interoperability is a fairly unknown thing,” says Rodier, who spent 24 years with the B.C. Ambulance Service, progressing from paramedic to superintendent, before joining Ambulance New Brunswick as an operations manager in March. “It’s tough to argue for something that agencies may or may not put as a priority. It’s a difficult political and public fight because people haven’t heard of it. Taxpayers expect that we can do all this stuff you see on TV.”