First Responders to Medical Calls

Emergency Services


NCLGA Executive Recommendation: No Recommendation | Endorsed by the NCLGA Membership


Whereas the residents of Province of British Columbia deserve timely and professional emergency health care services when health emergencies occur;

And whereas many rural communities lack after hour and weekend access to medical clinics or hospitals in their communities;

And whereas the BC Emergency Health Services prioritization model often and regularly deploys Emergency Health Care resources to larger communities; leaving rural communities with reduced or no EHS resources. Residents of rural communities are subjected to extended delays in access to emergency health care;

And whereas many rural communities possess Volunteer Fire Departments with personnel who are qualified as First Responders and licensed through Emergency Medical Assistant Licensing Board of the Province of British Columbia to provide basic life saving care:

Therefore be it resolved that the NCLGA and UBCM lobby the Province of British Columbia and BC Emergency Health Services to increase budgets and develop policies to fund the response of qualified First Responders to medical emergencies to provide basic life saving care when EHS response is delayed or EHS crews require support or assistance.


The Resolutions Committee advises that 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).

In 2018, BCEHS introduced their Clinical Response Model to match resources to the needs of the patient. In this model, first responders are requested to all time-critical calls; moderately urgent calls when ambulance response is likely to take more than 10 minutes to arrive at scene; and any call involving burns, hazmat, drowning, or a motor vehicle accident.

North Central Local Government Association