JEMS Editor-In-Chief A.J. Heightman is in beautiful British Columbia this week exploring the multifaceted operations and massive 364,000 square mile coverage area served by the BC Ambulance Service that serves an geographic region larger that California, Oregon and Nevada combined.
BC Ambulance Service operates 500 ambulances staffed by a paid, part-time and on-call of 3,700 Emergency Medical Responders, Primary Care Paramedics (PCPs); Advanced Care Paramedics (ACPs); Child, Maternal Health and Infant Transport Teams; and air & ground Critical Care Paramedics (CCPs) deployed on multiple ground ambulances, helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft.
They cover BC from 198 metro, urban, rural and remote stations and locations on land, mountain ranges and Islands and waterways.
He's also learning about the new design of BC ambulances that feature 1/3 - 2/3 rear doors, multi-position patient compartment attendant chairs in place of a squad bench, a more logical, safe, easy-to-work-in patient compartment, unique fold-down side step, heated scoop stretcher compartment, and full-view patient compartment camera - designed during a two-year redesign process the involve the BC Ambulance crews, union and fleet maintenance personnel.
Watch for A.J.'s informative articles on BC Ambulance and their innovative new ambulances, built by Demers Ambulance, in an upcoming issue of JEMS and jems.com.