“We simply had to respond to what they were saying in the public…”
Delta’s mayor says they have lawyer’d up and will fight BC Emergency Health Services’ should it proceed with legal action to halt Corporation firefighters from administering first aid at the Emergency Medical Responder level.
Lois Jackson says BCEHS is claiming the public is at risk if firefighters provide that level of care.
“We want to look after out people on the ground until the ambulance gets there, and that’s what we are trying to do.”
Jackson says the public, so far, is happy with the move.
Linda Lupini, Executive VP at BC Emergency Health Services, says they are working with 21 other municipalities on a fire services plan, but Delta has walked away.
“With Delta going off on its own it creates this tiered system, and we have to work together.”
In June, BCEHS sent a letter to the Corporation of Delta threatening legal action; stating concerns over medical oversight, safeguards, and liability.