First Responders have to wait for BCAS Paramedics to be brought to a scene so that they can drive the FR vehicle. Every 9-1-1 call is far longer than it needs to be. This is especially significant when the Paramedics from the helicopter have to be driven to the location of the medical call, just so they can drive the FR vehicle and patient back to the helicopter.
It’s been 3 years since the rules changed around patient transport. The BC government has not given the SIVFD any hope of a coming change. So they are looking to reopen the issue this fall and winter. A number of ASIC members wrote letters a few years ago, and the SIVFD might need your help again to bring this back to the government’s attention.