Where’s our Ambulance? That’s the question from the union representing paramedics in B.C.
This comes after the province promised two new ambulances one in Maple Ridge and the other stationed in Coquitlam.
The government made the announcement last month and said the emergency vehicles would be operating on a full time basis within three months.
But President of the Ambulance Paramedics of B.C Bronwyn Barter says the union isn’t confident that will happen.
“We’ve seen a lot of commitments and a lot of promises and they haven’t been able to make those deadlines, their own commitments and deadlines.”
She says they’ve received limited information and posting for positions have yet to go up.
“You would think that postings would’ve gone out and they would be announcing what shift patterns these ambulances would be. But we’re not hearing any of that and that gives us reason to believe that it’s not something they are currently working on.”
Barter says one ambulance needs nine staff to keep it running 24/7 and adds paramedics are frustrated by the delay.
A spokesperson for the Health Ministry says both ambulances will be on the road by November.