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January 14, 2010

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Ambulance response times 'a disgrace'

BURNABY—Ambulance wait times in British Columbia point to the critical condition of ambulance services in B.C. according to CUPE 873.  The ambulance paramedics say a lack of attention has seen the service deteriorate over the past decade.  The list below of ambulance 911 call wait times is sad proof of this. The figures come from the employer – the BC Ambulance Service.   

CUPE BC president Barry O’Neill says the figures are a disgrace when in a medical emergency every second counts. “This is not a game and the BC Liberal government should not be playing with peoples’ lives.” For more details see the President's Message on the Home page.

Please note that the times listed in minutes and seconds are only for the “most serious” 911 calls and only apply to the trip to the patient’s address. They do not include the return time to actually get a patient to a medical facility. Also note that these are the average times – not the longest times. The Canadian benchmark response time for an ambulance is 8 minutes, 59 seconds.

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100 Mile House 12:50

Abbotsford 10:56

Agassiz 24:50

Alert Bay 14:02

Alexis Creek 31:50

Anahim Lake 29:43

Anmore 15:44

Armstrong 11:35

Ashcroft 13:00

Balfour 26:14

Barriere 12:51

Bella Bella 38:34

Big White 26:19

Black Creek 21:51

Blind Bay 27:06

Boston Bar 19:03

Bowen Island 18:46

Bowser 16:05

Britannia Beach 19:48

Burnaby 11:07

Burns Lake 12:00

Cache Creek 19:36

Campbell River 10:05

Castlegar 11:44

Central Saanich 10:24

Chase 13:09

Chemainus 09:57

Chetwynd 15:47

Chilliwack 11:26

Christina Lake 22:04

Clearwater 20:32

Clinton 23:50

Cobble Hill 13:20

Coldstream 13:56

Colwood 08:48

Comox 12:26

Coombs 14:16

Coquihalla 32:46

Coquitlam 11:03

Courtenay 10:16

Cowichan Bay 13:12

Cranbrook 10:06

Creston 10:10

Crofton 16:37

Cultus Lake 18:33

Cumberland 08:34

Dawson Creek 10:41

Delta 11:42

Duncan 09:36

Elkford 22:08

Enderby 11:22

Errington 15:14

Esquimalt 08:37

Fairmont Springs 25:20

Falkland 31:20

Fanny Bay 20:47

Fernie 12:01

Field 30:08

Forest Grove 28:34

Fort Fraser 28:58

Fort Nelson 19:18

Fort St. James 15:58

Fort St. John 11:26

Fraser Lake 19:20

Fruitvale 20:46

Gabriola Island 20:39

Galiano Island 23:57

Gibsons 10:33

Gitanmaax 12:23

Gitsegukla 30:12

Gold River 18:30

Golden 17:59

Grand Forks 11:56

Halfmoon Bay 18:35

Harrison Hot Spring16:15

Hazelton 14:14

Highlands 16:19

Hope 11:56

Houston 14:38

Hudson's Hope 21:49

Invermere 16:08

Kaleden 16:08

Kamloops 10:04

Kelowna 09:43

Kent 13:47

Keremeos 11:10

Kimberley 11:20

Kitimat 09:20

Kuper Island 35:31

Ladysmith 12:39

Lake Country 11:43

Lake Cowichan 10:22

Langford 08:42

Langley 12:12

Lantzville 12:10

Lillooet 15:35

Logan Lake 19:37

Lower Nicola 17:07

Lumby 17:05

Lytton 18:50

Mackenzie 20:02

Madeira Park 17:46

Maple Ridge 10:32

Masset 25:08

Mayne Island 18:57

Merritt 14:44

Metchosin 15:40

Mill Bay 12:33

Mission 10:49

Moberly Lake 25:37

Mount Currie 19:47

Mt. Washington 28:51

Nakusp 22:21

Nanaimo 09:21

Nanoose Bay 16:33

Nelson 10:12

New Westminster 10:24

North Saanich 11:46

North Vancouver 10:25

Oak Bay 08:41

Okanagan Falls 18:00

Oliver 10:31

Osoyoos 10:35

Parksville 09:42

Peachland 10:40

Pemberton 11:10

Pender Island 20:04

Penticton 09:24

Pitt Meadows 12:47

Port Alberni 09:48

Port Alice 20:33

Port Coquitlam 11:24

Port Hardy 10:59

Port McNeill 11:40

Port Moody 10:58

Port Renfrew 22:36

Pouce Coupe 14:05

Powell River 11:32

Prince George 09:49

Prince Rupert 09:50

Princeton 15:12

Qualicum Beach 11:33

Quathiaski Cove 22:43

Quesnel 12:00

Revelstoke 17:12

Richmond 11:04

Roberts Creek 14:30

Rock Creek 22:41

Rossland 23:08

Saanich 08:27

Salmo 20:40

Salmon Arm 11:39

Saltspring Island 12:21

Sayward 19:53

Scotch Creek 26:18

Sechelt 10:14

Shawnigan Lke 13:21

Sicamous 11:25

Sidney 08:01

Skidegate 30:14

Smithers 10:19

Sooke 11:05

Sparwood 17:21

Spences Bridge 33:47

Squamish 11:38

Summerland 09:29

Sun Peaks 44:10

Surrey 10:50

Tappen 21:41

Terrace 10:18

Tofino 20:40

Trail 11:09

Tumbler Ridge 23:14

Ucluelet 20:21

Valemount 23:54

Vancouver 08:54

Vanderhoof 15:15

Vernon 10:21

Victoria 07:20

View Royal 09:30

Warfield 13:05

West Vancouver 10:39

Westbank 10:10

Whistler 12:58

White Rock 10:22

Williams Lake 12:25

Wilson Creek 14:16

Winfield 11:10

Zeballos 34:10

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