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2017 Highlights

  • The Province of BC funded more ambulances and paramedics to improve emergency response with a commitment of $91.4 million over the next three years and $4 million in immediate additional funding for necessary equipment.
  • BCEHS and the City of Richmond opened the new Richmond North Ambulance Station and Richmond Cambie Fire Hall No. 3. The facility is the first combined fire hall and ambulance station in a major urban centre in BC.
  • Paramedic specialists are helping ensure British Columbians with complex medical emergencies get the best care possible – this new program was formalized this year and has 20 advanced care and critical care paramedics serving the province, providing an extra layer of clinical and technical expertise.

  • George Moffat of BCEHS was awarded the Emergency Medical Services Exemplary Service Medal and bar, issued by His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada. He also celebrated 45 years of service with BCEHS.
  • Former BCEHS paramedic Clarke McGuire was presented with the first–ever Award of Excellence for Leadership and Community Builder at the Paramedic Association of Canada Expo. 
  • Victoria paramedic Brooks Hogya won the Governor General’s Academic Gold Medal for his Disaster and Emergency Management Master’s degree thesis project.
  • Lisa Young, Leader, Infection Prevention & Control at BCEHS won the Everyday Champion award at the BC Patient Safety & Quality Council 2017 Quality Awards, for transforming attitudes and awareness around safety and infection prevention and control.

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