Port Coquitlam’s Fire Chief is expressing frustration with ambulance delays saying it’s not unusual to have to call a cab to get someone to hospital.
Nick Delmonico says he’s even heard of some fire departments having to take someone to hospital in the truck because firefighters didn’t know what else to do.
He says his crews have waited up to an hour and a half for an ambulance to arrive and in the end resorted to calling a cab to get a patient to hospital.
“It’s not unusual in the sense we’ve done it a number of times now in Port Coquitlam that we’ve had to do that so it seems unusual for me that when you’re paying for a service that’s what you’re having to get. it’s extremely frustrating.”
Delmonico says these aren’t isolated cases, he says there have been hundreds over the last several months.
A review of ambulance service in Metro Vancouver and Greater Victoria is underway.
Jodi Jensen with BC Emergency Health Services says the review should be completed within the next two months and may result in service level changes.
“We’re taking a look at our call locations, any increases or projected increases in population and call rates that may be coming in the next few years.”
This after the ambulance service recently downgrade 74 call types from code 3 or emergency, to code 2 or routine.