Hospital District lobbies for 4×4 ambulances

"Due to extreme weather and bad road conditions we experience, it is imperative that ambulances are equipped with four wheel drive."

An ambulance got stuck on Buck Flats Road this past winter

The Northwest Regional Hospital District is lobbying for 4×4 ambulances.

They sent a letter to BC Ambulance March 20, asking for upgrades to ambulances in the northwest.

The move was prompted by Rob Newell, Hospital District Vice-Chair and Director of the Houston Rural Area of the Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako (RDBN).

He has a picture of an ambulance stuck on Buck Flats Road this past winter.

“There are 500 ambulances in the province, and 16 are 4x4s,” said Newell.

“The Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako only has one, and there is one in the [Regional District of] Kitimat-Stikine.”

The RDBN sent a letter of support with the Hospital District’s request for upgrades.

The letter said the RDBN “feels strongly that four wheel drive ambulances should be available in all communities that face snow, ice and unsafe road conditions when responding to emergency calls.

“Due to the extreme weather and resulting bad road conditions that we experience, it is imperative that ambulances equipped with four wheel drive are available to travel in locations where roads may not be regularly maintained in order to provide timely patient care.”

Newell says the Hospital District will bring their concerns to the North Central Local Government Association (NCLGA) meeting in early-May if they do not hear from BC Ambulance by then.

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