A stamp that honours the country’s paramedics for providing life-saving medical care to Canadians is the first of five stamps being unveiled this week to reflect a nation’s gratitude for all emergency responders.

“These skilled, highly-trained and compassionate front-line emergency responders provide medical care on the scene and en route to hospital,” says a Canada Post news release. “They respond to natural disasters and emergencies in our communities.

“They attend virtually any situation – from heart attacks, drug overdoses, trauma events and incidents involving multiple casualties. Once dispatched to an emergency, paramedics have some daunting expectations to meet, including arriving quickly, assessing and treating their patients with urgency, expertise and empathy, and co-ordinating with other emergency responders. Their expertise and professionalism has saved countless lives.”

The second stamp pays tribute to members of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) for their critical role in responding to emergencies across Canada, such as wildfires, floods and ice storms.

“Dedicated members of the CAF, both Regular and Reserve members, are a last line of defence when natural disasters occur,” says Canada Post. “Trained in engineering, health services, aviation, logistics and the use of specialized equipment, they conduct evacuations, deliver aid, provide transportation, execute search and rescue missions, among many other tasks.”

Other stamps in the series pay tribute to search and rescue experts, firefighters and police.

“All five stamps reflect Canadians’ respect and gratitude for the skills, service and sacrifices of the men and women who protect Canadians, sometimes by risking their own lives,” Canada Post says. The stamps will be available for purchase at canadapost.ca and at postal outlets across the country beginning Sept. 14.

Top photo: Canada Post stamp honours the country’s paramedics. Inset photo: Canadian Armed Forces. Photos courtesy of CNW Group/Canada Post