A new protocol is in place to assist Winnipeg’s homeless population and safely transport them to a shelter when in need.

The ‘voluntary transport to drop-in shelters protocol’ allows Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service paramedics or firefighter-paramedics to transport the patient to a drop-in shelter instead of a hospital if their assessment warrants it.

The change also frees up emergency responders to better utilize their time to focus on life-saving situations.