September 01, 2013 at 6:09 PM
Is it too difficult to be a paramedic in British Columbia?
This week on Daybreak we've been following the story of a shortage of ambulance care in remote and rural communities. Cameron Eby is on the provincial executive for the Ambulance Paramedics of B.C. union. He says part of the problem is that in order to become a paramedic, you must take nine months of school at a cost of thousands of dollars. This school is usually in larger cities, so people from remote locations must give up other work in order to complete the training. Then when they return to their communities, they don't get full pay unless they are responding to an emergency. He spoke with Betsy Trumpener.