The BC Ambulance Service provides public ambulance service in British Columbia under the authority of BC Emergency Health Services.
As Canada's first provincially-operated ambulance service, the BC Ambulance Service (BCAS) provides emergency pre-hospital treatment and transportation by ambulance to the public and visitors to BC. Serving an area of almost one million square kilometres, BCAS is the largest provider of emergency health care in Canada and one of the largest in North America.
Close to 5,000 BCEHS employees support patient care, including paramedics, medical emergency call-takers and dispatchers, nurses, front-line staff, administrators and managers.
Through three dispatch centres and paramedic services, expert patient care is delivered from the moment a 9-1-1 call for medical help is received, to treatment at the scene and transport to hospital.