Citing concerns about the safety of residents across the province, a retired paramedic reiterated a question he’s asked many times before: is there a critical shortage of first responders in rural Alberta?
During a lunchtime session held at the Royal Canadian Legion, George Porter presented his thoughts to an audience, claiming that shortages exist, and he said he wishes Alberta Health Services would pay more attention to it.
“There’s a lack of adequate coverage,” Porter said, “primarily in rural areas.”
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After lobbying for more than nine years for a better answer to extended wait times in rural areas, Porter says there has still been no action taken on the subject, even though there are, what he calls simple solutions.
“There’s no strong leadership in EMS,” Porter said.
“Whether their hands are tied or they’re afraid, I don’t know. But we need someone to stand up for EMS and fix it. It’s not a hard fix.”
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