It’s all about improving patient care.
The fire chief in a rural B.C. community where firefighters are trained to perform emergency medicine says all fire departments across the province should follow suit.
In a controversial move, Delta has allowed its firefighters to implement advanced on-scene medical training without the approval of BC Emergency Health Services.
But Jamie Svendson, the fire chief in Big White, says they got the go-ahead as part of a pilot project in November 2013, along with Prince George and Sun Peaks.
“Anything that betters patient outcome in the province is a win-win for everybody. I think it is beneficial for any department that has the abilities to train to a higher level of care, to be able to offer that level of care in a community should be a priority if we are looking at top patient care.”
Svendson says ambulance wait lines in Big White are up to an hour.
He says while he understands why paramedics are crying foul over a lack of resources, at the end of the day, it should be about what’s best for the patient.
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