First responders worried about COVID 19 as supplies become hard to get

Paramedics are likely to be exposed to patients with coronavirus and they are concerned about it.

“Oh yeah, that would be one of the worst-case scenarios and the reality is we’re no different than any other health care or front line workers except we’re in a less-controlled environment being out in the public and on the street, so that risk is a little higher than some other scenarios,” said Troy Clifford, president of Ambulance Paramedics of BC CUPE Local 873.

The union met with Health Minister Adrian Dix Thursday to ensure it’s getting all the necessary and updated information from health officials.

“And that was reiterated by the minister’s office and minister Dix today that they’re going to do everything they can to make sure that the front lines and all health care workers are supported,” added Clifford.