October 26, 2010 at 3:17 PM
Probe Continues Into Fatal Ambulance Crash
26/10/2010 17:35:00 Keven Drews
By Keven Drews TOFINO — The ambulance involved in a fatal Oct. 19 crash into Kennedy Lake is currently in Vancouver undergoing a forensic investigation.
Shawn Carby, executive director for the Vancouver Island Region, BC Ambulance Service, said the vehicle arrived on the Lower Mainland on the weekend as part of an internal probe into the crash that killed paramedics Jo-Ann Fuller and Ivan Polivka.
“These are our own investigations to ensure we understand what’s going on,” said Carby.
He said the BCAS’ investigation includes two components: the major incidents investigation team and an operations team.
The BCAS probe will try to find out what happened, while answering health and safety and operations issues, too.
“A very thorough approach is being taken, looking at all aspects of the incident,” said Carby.
The BCAS probe is independent of investigations being conducted by WorkSafeBC , the coroner and the RCMP.
Gillian Trumper, Port Alberni’s former mayor and coroner, said people shouldn’t expect a quick ruling from the coroner.
“Unfortunately, it takes time,” she said, “because the coroner represents the people who died.
“Your role is to find out what happened and why.”
She said the coroner may not even have the results of some tests for at least six weeks, so the public shouldn’t expect a report for at least two months.
Meantime, a private funeral took place in Tofino for the fallen paramedics Tuesday. Carby said a BCAS honour guard was present.
A public memorial will take place Nov. 6. William “BJ” Chute, of the Ambulance Paramedics of B.C., said thousands of people are expected to attend.