August 27, 2013 at 1:45 PM
The District of Stewart is calling on fellow B.C. municipalities to support its bid to change the way ambulance service in the province is delivered. In a letter to mayors and councils across British Columbia, Interim Chief Administrative Officer for Stewart Jim Kincaid calls the level of ambulance service in the northwestern community "unacceptable", adding "It is not out of the ordinary to see us with no ambulance for periods of three to five days in a row."
Stewart is submitting a resolution to the Union of B.C. Municipalities that asks the province to change the funding and operating model for ambulance services. Prince George city councillor Dave Wilbur has indicated he supports the resolution, saying Stewart and other rural communities are being treated as "second class citizens" when it comes to ambulance care.
For response, Betsy Trumpener spoke to Mike Milchako, B.C. Ambulance's Executive Director for Rural Operations. Listen to the interview below.
Listen to the full interview on CBC radio here.