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Overdose calls increased across the province in 2020<img alt="BCEHS re-enactment of paramedics attending an overdose" src="/news-stories-site/PublishingImages/Overdose%20birds-eye%20view%20article.jpg?RenditionID=1" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />Overdose calls increased across the province in 2020Paramedics in B.C. responded to more overdoses in 2020 than ever before.
The tale of paramedics and a violin bow<img alt="Wally with BCEHS paramedics, from left, student paramedic Vihn Pham, paramedic Daron McDonald and paramedic Gavin Aimoe" src="/news-stories-site/PublishingImages/Paramedics%20and%20Wally.jpeg?RenditionID=1" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />The tale of paramedics and a violin bowIt wasn’t the first time paramedics had been to this home. They reckon they respond to the independent seniors home in Victoria about once a week for medical emergencies.
Bike paramedics return to Vancouver’s downtown streets<img alt="BCEHS' Vancouver Bike Squad with their bikes and equipment" src="/news-stories-site/PublishingImages/team%20shot%202%20article.jpg?RenditionID=1" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />Bike paramedics return to Vancouver’s downtown streetsAfter a hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, BCEHS’ Vancouver Bike Squad has returned to the downtown core this fall.’s-downtown-streets2020-09-16T07:00:00Z
Why you should talk about overdoses on August 31: Highest month on record for overdoses<img alt="Paramedics treat a patient who has overdosed" src="/news-stories-site/PublishingImages/Overdose%20downtown%20buildings%20article.jpg?RenditionID=1" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />Why you should talk about overdoses on August 31: Highest month on record for overdosesAltered breathing. Ashen or greyish skin tone. Unresponsive. All the signs add up. It’s an overdose.
Celebrating a 30-year partnership<img alt="Paramedics Randy Block and Dave Marklund" src="/news-stories-site/PublishingImages/RandyBlock_DaveMarklund-later%20years2%20article.jpg?RenditionID=1" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />Celebrating a 30-year partnershipParamedic partners. Sometimes they know each other better than their spouses or their family. Their comradery is strong. Their connection is solid. They have each other’s back.
Preventing window and balcony falls<img alt="Paramedics arrive at the scene of a call" src="/news-stories-site/PublishingImages/Paramedics%20article.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />Preventing window and balcony fallsWith warm weather’s arrival, BC Emergency Health Services is reminding parents and caregivers to keep children safe near windows and balconies, especially with the increased confinement during COVID-19.
On the ground, at our side and in our corner<img alt="Unit chief Kyle Klint (left) with a paramedic colleague" src="/news-stories-site/PublishingImages/Kyle%20Klint%20art.jpg?RenditionID=1" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />On the ground, at our side and in our cornerKyle Klint has been a paramedic for 26 years and unit chief at the main ambulance station in Victoria since 2019. A winner of a PHSA+ Award this year, Kyle is a demonstrated people-focused leader who is dedicated to the safety and well-being of his crews.
Celebrating our paramedics: Paramedic Services Week May 24 – 30, 2020<img alt="Paramedic Sarah Jones and children" src="/news-stories-site/PublishingImages/Sarah%20Jones%20-%20article.jpg?RenditionID=1" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />Celebrating our paramedics: Paramedic Services Week May 24 – 30, 2020Paramedic Services Week, May 24 - 30, 2020, honours and recognizes the work of paramedics across Canada. The theme declared this year by the Paramedic Chiefs of Canada is: Paramedics on the Front Line.
We are outfitting our paramedics in protective gear<img alt="Paramedic Megan Lawrence in personal protective equipment (PPE)" src="/news-stories-site/PublishingImages/megan%20lawrence%20PPE_april%202020%20article.jpg?RenditionID=1" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />We are outfitting our paramedics in protective gearAs the COVID-19 pandemic develops, paramedics in B.C. are playing an increasingly responsive role on the front lines.
The story tucked behind the crash of a medical plane<img alt="Marty Anderson with daughter Dr. Kirsten Anderson" src="/news-stories-site/PublishingImages/Dad%20and%20Daughter%20article.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />The story tucked behind the crash of a medical planeFor years, Marty Anderson talked about the drama surrounding the birth of his first daughter with his family and some close friends. Twenty-five years later, he is talking about it publicly.


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