The B.C. paramedics union wants to know why the province hasn’t stopped Delta firefighters from performing advanced medical care at the scene of a call, saying it’s illegal.
Spokesperson Cameron Eby tells CKNW’s Jon McComb that it’s work by law that paramedics should be doing.
“In a medical emergency, what patients want is the medical professional in the field, and that is the paramedics that are provided to the British Columbia Ambulance Service.”
Firefighters in Delta have said they can get to calls faster, so why shouldn’t they perform the treatment?
Vancouver’s fire chief has said it’s also a good idea.
Eby says studies show it’s much cheaper for the taxpayer for paramedics to do the work than firefighters.
“For example, in Delta their operating cost based on how many responses they do is between $3,500 and $4,000 per response, as opposed to the ambulance service, which is around $500 to $600 per response.”