B.C. paramedics are warning the public that ambulance services in the Fraser Valley and Metro Vancouver are critically understaffed, with zero staffed ambulances running in Maple Ridge today (Aug. 20).
According to Troy Clifford, president of the Ambulance Paramedics of BC union, the number of unstaffed ambulances throughout the Fraser Valley area is cause for alarm.
“The province is short 1,000 paramedics, with roughly half of them needed in urban centres,” said Clifford.
Aug 20 @APBC873 sounding the alarm that many #ambulances are unstaffed in Fraser Valley and Metro Van, ZERO staffed in Maple Ridge. @TroyClifford “Last night we had many Advanced Life Support units sitting empty. Be aware that there could be delays. @bcpolitics @BC_EHS @PHSAofBC pic.twitter.com/QoOVBij51A— A. Paramedics Of BC (@APBC873) August 20, 2022
He also warns that this isn’t a problem that is going to go away in a week or even a month.
“On Friday night we had many Advanced Life Support ambulances sitting empty all night, and today we continue to see deplorable non-staffed Ambulances in the Fraser Valley as well,” said Clifford.
“This weekend continues a trend across the province that seems to have no end.”
As a result of these ambulance staff shortages, Clifford and the Ambulance Paramedics of BC are warning that response times might suffer this weekend.
“We are urging the public to be aware that there could be significant delays in service, and use 911 when someone’s health or safety is at risk, use 811 when unsure,” said Clifford.
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