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Concern over longer Boundary ambulance wait times

A Grand Forks councillor is concerned ambulance wait times are getting longer in the Boundary.

Everett Baker says he experienced it first hand recently when his elderly mother collapsed at the Save-On-Foods on Central Avenue.

“We were looking at a (ambulance) wait time about an hour and a half. So, thankfully, with the staff of Save-On we were able to get her in my car and I was able to take her to emerg,” Baker told Vista Radio.

Baker says he will be asking the fire chief today under what protocols they are called out if an ambulance is delayed.

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“I know rescue has been called out on occasion when ambulances are delayed,” Baker said.

He also plans to speak with Health Minister Adrian Dix about ambulance response times as well as other health care concerns at next month’s Union of BC Municipalities meeting.

Most recently call volume data from the B.C. Emergency Health Services shows the number of calls to Grand Forks has been steadily rising since 2019 with nearly 1,000 calls last year.

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