December 27, 2010 at 2:15 PM
'A shame' about ambulances
Published: December 27, 2010 6:00 AM
Re. “Ambulance station on the move to Riverview” (The Tri-City News, Dec. 22).
I was a paramedic in B.C. right around the time the situation with Port Moody was getting worse, and I see it still is bad.
BC Ambulance Service (BCAS) has had more than five years to try to find a new station for this “temporary trailer” paramedics have been forced to call home. The best solution BCAS came up with was asking Port Moody permission to put up an awning over the ambulances for the winter season. That’s all it could come up with in more than five years?
Now, the crews have no station and any restocking of equipment, cleaning or changing of crews will have to happen at Riverview, which BCAS has not admitted to you is out of the response area. This is just another band-aid solution that worsens morale, increases confusion and possibly worsens response times in an area already among the worst in response time.
It’s a shame paramedics have put up with almost six years of empty promises only to be served with a notice saying they no longer have a home.