A 27-year-old man battling brain cancer is calling on the province to increase ambulance service in Maple Ridge.
Matthew Kelso says he fears for his life because there aren’t enough vehicles on the road.
“I got one that came in 10 minutes for a seizure and another that took 27. If I had a stroke, because I have brain cancer, so if I had a stroke or a seizure and I had to wait the half an hour for an ambulance to come, I would end up with irreversible damage, or I’d be dead.”
That’s why Kelso says he launched an online petition.
“I would like to get my foot in the door and just have one more. For Langley they have 100,000 people roughly and they have six ambulances. We have 100,000 people, and we have two.”
Kelso says he also wants to see a fully equipped Advanced Life Support ambulance in the area, and a pay hike for crews he says aren’t being fairly compensated for their life saving work.
Emergency Health Services says the average wait time in Maple Ridge is 12 minutes, and that ambulances can be dispatched from other areas if needed.
By Monday night, Kelso was just seven signatures shy of his goal of 1,000.