June 02, 2011 at 12:41 PM
Dear Brothers & Sisters,
On May 31, 2011, Sherman Hillier and I, along with representatives from the BC Professional Firefighters Association, attended the BC legislature to support the first reading of the Emergency Intervention Disclosure Act.
The Emergency Intervention Disclosure Act was introduced by Norm Letnick, Kelowna-Lake Country MLA. Norm has worked with the BC Professional Fire Fighters Association, The Ambulance Paramedics of BC and the BC Police Association to bring this Bill to the Legislature. Similar legislation is already in existence in many other Provinces through Canada.
The Emergency Intervention Disclosure Act will empower Paramedics, Police Officers, Firefighters and victims of crime to compel a blood sample from any individual who is unwilling or unable to provide a blood sample for testing within 48 hours or exposure.
Over the summer months we will be promoting the Emergency Intervention Disclosure Act throughout BC and may call on members to support our efforts in this important initiative. In addition, we are looking for personal stories of Paramedics who have experienced a hazardous body fluid exposure which resulted in treatment.
A/ Provincial President
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