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Letter from the District of Stewart

Letter from the District of Stewart

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The District of Stewart is calling on fellow B.C. municipalities to support its bid to change the way ambulance service in the province is delivered. In a letter to mayors and councils across British Columbia, Interim Chief Administrative Officer for Stewart Jim Kincaid calls the level of ambulance service in the northwestern community "unacceptable", adding "It is not out of the ordinary to see us with no ambulance for periods of three to five days in a row."
The District of Stewart is calling on fellow B.C. municipalities to support its bid to change the way ambulance service in the province is delivered. In a letter to mayors and councils across British Columbia, Interim Chief Administrative Officer for Stewart Jim Kincaid calls the level of ambulance service in the northwestern community "unacceptable", adding "It is not out of the ordinary to see us with no ambulance for periods of three to five days in a row."

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August 14, 2013Mayor & CouncilsB.C. Municipalities
Re: AMBULANCE SERVICES RESOLUTION
The District of Stewart has submitted the attached resolution for consideration at the 2013 UBCMConvention. The District Council would appreciate your support of this resolution.By way of background, the District of Stewart is currently facing an unacceptable level of ambulance service. It is not out of the ordinary to see us with no ambulance for periods of three tofive days in a row. The nearest backup is some two to four hours away
if it is not tied up onanother call. Emergency helicopter response is an hour and a half away in Prince Rupert and is onlyavailable in daylight hours. In winter, our one highway access is subject to closure from avalanches.We understand that much of rural BC is facing similar circumstances.The District has had several meetings with BC Ambulance Services senior staff and has received nothing but stonewalling and being blamed for
not attracting enough “volunteers”. Two of our
three part time paramedics recently resigned because of stress and lack of support from theAmbulance Authority. Our only other paramedic is rarely available because of work in the resourceindustry out of town. The Ambulance Authority is currently bringing in outside help but usuallythey are only available from Monday to Thursday less the travel time from and to their home base.
It is the District of Stewart’s view that the model being used to provide rura
l ambulance service isunworkable and needs to change. Poor salaries and on call compensation, plus a too heavy reliance
on “volunteers”
combined with excessive standards and training requirements are making itdifficult to attract staff in small communities. Thus the resolution is advocating a change to theservice delivery model and adequate funding from the province to implement a new model.Thank you for your consideration in this regard. Jim Kincaid 
Interim Chief Administrative Officer
Post Office Box 460, Stewart, British Columbia V0T 1W0 Phone: (250) 636-2251 Fax: (250) 636-2417Email: info@districtofstewart.com
DISTRICT OF STEWART
Canada’s Most Northerly Ice
-Free Port
 
 
SUBJECT: B.C. Ambulance Services
Resolution Submitted by the District of Stewart to the 2013 UBCM Convention:
WHEREAS
communities in British Columbia are facing a severe deterioration of ambulance services as a result of cuts to provincial funding and a seriousdisconnection between the service model used by the BC Ambulance Service andthe service model required to meet the needs of communities, now
THEREFORE be it resolved
that the Union of British Columbia Municipalities urgethe Provincial Health Minister to require the B.C. Ambulance Service to amend itsservice model to meet the actual needs of the communities, and for the Ministerto provide adequate funding to implement that model.
DISTRICT OF STEWART
UBCM
RESOLUTION
2013 CONVENTION
 –
Vancouver, B.C.

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