City Welcomes Announcement of Additional Ambulance Service

CITY OF PITT MEADOWS

Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 16, 2016  #2016-19
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 City welcomes announcement of additional ambulance service

Pitt Meadows, BC – The City of Pitt Meadows applauded the announcement yesterday by Premier Christy Clark committing to an additional ambulance to service the Ridge Meadows area.  The move is seen as a benefit to the local fire services which have been struggling to support the gaps in ambulatory services for some time.

“The announcement of additional ambulance units to the Ridge Meadows and Tri-Cities areas is very welcome news”, said Mayor John Becker.  “Improved ambulance response times and availability will be welcomed by citizens experiencing an emergency as well as by local fire first responders who have been drawn away from their primary mission.  Pitt Meadows would like to welcome our new paramedic crews to the community, and thank them for their valuable life-saving work”.

The Pitt Meadows Fire & Rescue Service joined Mayor and Council in welcoming the additional services.

“The improved response from skilled BC Ambulance paramedics to manage medical and trauma emergencies is long overdue in our community” said Pitt Meadows Fire Chief Don Jolley.  “While Pitt Meadows Fire will remain a partner with BC Ambulance through the first responder program, these new resources will enable us to better focus on our core services of firefighting and rescue.  It will also be tremendous boost to the local ambulance paramedics who have been greatly overworked for a very long time”.

The announcement came yesterday at Ridge Meadows Hospital with local paramedics in attendance.  The additional ambulance is expected to be in service immediately.

For more information, visit the BC Ministry of Health website at news.gov.bc.ca/ministries/health.


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