WATCH: Health Services defends changes to ambulance response protocols

Global News

VANCOUVER – The BC Emergency Health Services (BCEHS) is defending its decision to downgrade some medical emergencies from Code 3 to Code 2.

When you dial 9-1-1 in need of an ambulance, you’re likely hoping paramedics will be there as quickly as possible.

Since last October paramedics have been responding to fewer calls, labelled Code 3, which means using lights and sirens.

In recent weeks fire chiefs and politicians from Vancouver, Coquitlam, New Westminster, Burnaby and Port Coquitlam have appeared on Unfiltered with Jill Krop, raising their concerns about this new RAP, or Resource Allocation Program.

On Tuesday the people responsible for this latest RAP held a technical briefing to update the public on how they believe the program is working.

Dr. William Dick, the vice president of medical programs, appeared on Unfiltered with Jill Krop on Wednesday to address the concerns of the public about the extended wait times…

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