New ambulance response protocols raise concern

Global News

VANCOUVER – B.C. Emergency Health Services (BCEHS), along with B.C. Ambulance Service, has come up with a new RAP, or Resource Allocation Plan that has downgraded some medical emergencies from Code 3 to Code 2.

A Code 3 call is one where lights and sirens are used, and a Code 2 is considered a routine call.

A couple of weeks ago fire chiefs and civic politicians began to speak out on behalf of their citizens saying their information suggests people whose injuries fall under Code 2 responses are now waiting much long for paramedics.

At a technical briefing on Tuesday BCEHS defended its RAP, saying they are seeing an improvement of 29 seconds on average in response time for Code 3 calls.

Speaking on Unfiltered with Jill Krop, Vancouver Fire Chief John McKearney said a faster response to their citizens in emergency calls is always a good thing.

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