The Winnipeg Police Service (WPS) and the Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service (WFPS) have created a new Tactical Emergency Medical Support (TEMS) unit that will enable paramedics to better care for those involved in high-risk emergency situations. The specially trained paramedic team will be able to provide on-the-spot care to police, victims, or others affected by a high-risk event.

TEMS unit members will not be armed, but will be equipped with all the protective equipment that tactical law enforcement officers are provided. All members of the TEMS unit will be clearly identified with a “medic” marker.

Members of the new TEMS unit have been selected from within the WFPS based on a variety of factors, including a recommendation from a superior, various written and practical tests, physical fitness testing, and a police background check.

The TEMS unit is a joint initiative of Winnipeg Police Service and Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service. The Province of Manitoba has provided $20,000 towards the purchase of equipment for the unit through the Criminal Property Forfeiture process.