Sponsors: District of Chetwynd
WHEREAS the ongoing shortages of manpower in Ambulance Halls throughout rural British Columbia are prevalent in most communities outside of larger Urban Centres;
AND WHEREAS although there has been some recent Provincial investment, but because of the declining volunteer nature of the B.C. Health Emergency Service (BCHES)’s ambulance service it is critical that the BCHES be properly addressed by the Province to ensure life safety while respecting budgets:
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that UBCM lobby the provincial government to initiate a full and in-depth review of BC Health Emergency Service (BCHES)’s ambulance service in BC, with the intent of modernizing those services to consider additional duties to warrant more full time value and work for ambulance personnel;
AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that such a review be made a high priority of the government of British Columbia.
UBCM Comments: The UBCM membership has not specifically requested a full and in-depth review of ambulance service in BC to examine additional duties for ambulance personnel to allow for full time employment.
The Committee suggests amending the enactment clause to replace ‘BC Health Emergency Service’ with ‘BC Emergency Health Service (BCEHS)’, which is the correct name for the organization that oversees the BC Ambulance Service.
However, members have consistently endorsed resolutions seeking adequate funding for province wide ambulance services (2017- B133, 2014-B73, 2013-B44, 2013-B142, 2010-B45, 2007-B50, 2007-B156, 2006-B48, 2003-B33, 2000-B14, 2000-B93, 1999-B91, 1996-B5, 1992-B79, 1988-A29).