As Vancouver pushes ahead with a controversial plan to install suicide prevention barriers on the Burrard Street Bridge, North Vancouver’s Mayor says they’re working well on the Ironworkers Memorial Bridge.
Darrell Mussatto says when he was a paramedic, he’d often be called out to attempted suicides on the span.
“I myself was with my partner who had a fellow standing on the other side of the railing and he was depressed and was going to jump and so we were there attending to him and he did jump but we grabbed his arms and he was dangling by his arms… I think these barriers actually serve a very good purpose.”
Mussatto says the barriers are saving lives, and he’d even like to see them installed on the Lions Gate Bridge, though their weight may prevent that.
“In terms of people who are suicidal and very depressed, it makes a difference and in that regard I think it would be a good thing.”
Seven years ago a coroner recommended five Metro Vancouver bridges have suicide prevention barriers installed.
So far only the Ironworkers bridge has them in place.