Sponsors: District of Taylor
NCLGA Executive Recommendation: No Recommendation | Endorsed by the NCLGA Membership - Defeated by the UBCM Membership
WHEREAS local governments that choose to provide additional pre-hospital care to their citizens, through the First Responder Program, must sign an agreement to follow a model that is used province-wide, from metropolitan areas to the most rural parts of the province, and which may not address their individual needs or circumstances;
AND WHEREAS collaborative pilot projects have proven successful in both addressing the needs and capacities of individual communities as well as being beneficial to the care of the citizens of British Columbia;
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the UBCM request the Provincial Government, through BC Emergency Health Services, enter into dialogue with individual local governments and tailor agreements for pre-hospital care to the specific needs and abilities of individual communities.
UBCM Comments: The UBCM membership considered but did not endorse resolution 2005-B71, which requested amendment of the Health Emergency Act to “require the BC Ambulance Service to automatically advise local fire departments when dispatching emergency health service calls.”