“Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows are fast-growing communities, and our increases in ambulance calls match this growth,” said Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows MLA Doug Bing. “BC Emergency Health Services committed to closely monitor and increase our ambulance services if new data showed it was warranted, and they are honouring that promise.”
In February 2016, eight new ambulances were added to communities throughout the Lower Mainland to improve response times, including two in Langley to help alleviate the pressure in Maple Ridge. At the time, BC Emergency Health Services committed to monitor and evaluate its response times in Maple Ridge and Tri-Cities and add resources if needed. While median response times for the highest acuity calls have declined in Maple Ridge, growing population and increasing demand for ambulances warranted more resources. These two ambulances, announced by Premier Christy Clark in September 2016, have been added as part of the BC Emergency Health Services Action Plan to improve services in the region.
“I would like to thank the members of our communities who brought this urgent matter to our attention,” said Maple Ridge-Mission MLA Marc Dalton. “By working together, we were able to take these concerns to the government and ensure that we have another ambulance to serve our residents.”
BC Emergency Health Services uses a regional dynamic deployment model, which dispatches ambulances to neighbouring municipalities as required. This is the third ambulance for Maple Ridge and the seventh for the Tri-Cities. All of the ambulances will also serve surrounding communities.
“The addition of an ambulance in the Tri-Cities will help improve local response times,” said Port Moody-Coquitlam MLA Linda Reimer. “I’m proud that we are adding more resources where they will have the greatest impact. This is a good news story for the communities that comprise the Tri-Cities.”
In addition to more resources, BC Emergency Health Services has identified actions that will help drive system-wide improvements to meet the rising demand for emergency care services. In collaboration with the Ministry of Health, health authorities, municipalities and other organizations, BC Emergency Health Services is working to modernize B.C.’s pre-hospital emergency services. Through better integration with the health system as a whole, they aim to create a more patient-centred, sustainable ambulance service for the province.
BC Emergency Health Services (BCEHS) is responsible for the delivery and governance of pre-hospital emergency medical care and inter-facility patient transfer services through the BC Ambulance Service and the BC Patient Transfer Network. BCEHS is supported by the Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA).
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