Ambulance Paramedics of British Columbia (APBC) is the union organization that represents the 4,400+ Paramedics and Emergency Dispatchers of the province of British Columbia, Canada. APBC, also known as CUPE local 873, is one of the largest union locals in the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE). Nearly every ambulance worker and emergency medical dispatcher in British Columbia is a member of APBC.
Our employer, the British Columbia Emergency Health Services (BCEHS), is one of the largest ambulance services in the world, and is the primary Emergency Medical Services agency in the province. Our members provide pre-hospital medical care to 4.9 million people across a land mass that is 944,000+ square kilometers in size - roughly the size of the states of California, Oregon, and Washington combined. We respond by air, land, and sea to over 550,000 annual 911 calls throughout the province.
When you have a medical emergency in British Columbia, and you call 911, you're going to speak to one of our professionals:
- on the phone with our Emergency Call Takers and Emergency Dispatchers, who will give you life-saving instructions while they dispatch Paramedics to you
- at the scene with our Paramedic crews, who will expertly look after your medical needs, providing you with medical treatment and transport to a hospital emergency department
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