October 22, 2011 at 8:32 AM
Ambulances need new home
By Jennifer McFee, Coquitlam Now
What's the best place for a relocated ambulance station to serve Port Moody and Coquitlam?
For the B.C. Ambulance Service (BCAS), one option is near Como Lake Avenue and Thermal Drive.
Carwithen, BCAS communications manager, said discussions are underway
with City of Coquitlam officials regarding the station's location.
is my understanding that cityowned land has been identified as
available for lease. However, further discussions have not yet been
made," Carwithen wrote in an e-mail.
"We anticipate that this
relocated station in the Como Lake Avenue/Thermal Drive area near the
boundary of the two communities will help enhance our response
capability and times in these areas."
Coquitlam Mayor Richard Stewart hopes to see ambulance response times improve.
have personally watched us be let down on ambulance service and we need
better," Stewart said. "I've heard from lots of people in our community
that have had similar experiences to what I've seen, and this is an
issue that I think we really need to resolve."
The ambulance station could be located at a range of possible sites, Stewart said, including some that are provincially owned.
are facilities that need a permanent solution. They don't need a
trailer with an extension cord. They need a permanent facility - We want
to make sure that they give consideration to the sites that are
available and to their criteria," he said.
"We're trying to
suggest some locations that might meet their needs and meet the
community's interests, all with a view to assisting them in improving
their response times."
Carwithen said once the City of Coquitlam
and the BCAS reach a final agreement, then they will finalize the lease
and begin construction.
"BCAS will continue to work with the city
officials to improve services to the region and ensure that citizens
receive excellent and timely pre-hospital patient care," she said.