Canada’s National Observer, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
On 11 days this summer and early fall, Quadra Island had no local paramedics available for emergency medical calls, data from the emergency responders’ union shows.
The ferry-dependent community of 2,700 residents has acute staff shortages, as do many rural communities in B.C. On Quadra, three of four permanent part-time paramedic positions are vacant, Cindy Leong, a spokesperson for BC Emergency Health Services, wrote in an email.
Continue reading ‘It’s a broken system that needs fixing,’ say emergency responders about B.C.’s rural paramedic shortages
There have been numerous reports of BC ambulances being understaffed recently. According to Prince Rupert Northern View, the Bella Coola ambulance was only in service for 52% of July. Quadra Island volunteer firefighter Marc Doll recently informed Cortes Currents there are times when no paramedics are available on Quadra and ‘any firefighter that currently has a class four license is basically being put on standby because they no longer have the ability to have two people scheduled to keep the ambulance going.’ After receiving a couple of anonymous tips on Cortes Island, Cortes Currents asked BC Emergency Health Services (BCEHS) for an update on the local situation.
Continue reading The paramedic situation on Cortes and Quadra Islands
Editor’s note: The shortage of paramedics serving in BC’s rural communities, from Quadra Island to the Interior, has been an ongoing problem. Cortes Island appears to be one of the exceptions, in that it “is not facing any significant staffing issues.” Here is another success story.
By John Boivin, Valley Voice, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
Nakusp is going to have a fully-staffed, 24/7 ambulance service in the near future.
BC Emergency Health Service says it’s improving ambulance service in the community by providing eight full-time paramedic positions.
Nakusp is one of 31 communities that will be receiving more permanent full-time paramedics.
Continue reading Province improves BC Ambulance Service in Nakusp
By Kaitlyn Bailey, Prince Rupert Northern View, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
The Bella Coola ambulance was only in-service 52 per cent of July, Lesley Pritchard, communications for BC Emergency Health Services (BCEHS) stated in an email.
The in-service average over the past year was higher, at 75 per cent, but was still equivalent to one week per month without ambulance services.
Continue reading Bella Coola ambulance service had coverage for only half of July
There are not enough family doctors and the shortage of paramedics has reached crisis levels. Some people would like to see better fire services in North Island. In the third of a series about the issues he will be facing if elected Regional Director on October 15, Marc Doll spoke about emergency services on Quadra Island.
Continue reading Marc Doll speaks out on critical paramedic shortfalls; the doctor shortage & wildfire services in North Island