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Patients won't be impacted if downtown Vancouver ambulance station closes: minister

VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) – BC’s health minister says the province is considering a couple of options when it comes to the only ambulance station in downtown Vancouver.

Terry Lake says while the property on Richards Street has been sold by the province, BC Ambulance is still in talks about possibly extending the lease, which runs out in February.

He says other locations for the station are also being looked at.

“We’re also looking at other alternatives like restocking and resupplying the ambulance at St. Paul’s where it does a lot of work. Whatever the model that we choose, the criteria must be that response times are not impacted and patients aren’t impacted.”

Lake says even if there is no station in the downtown core, it doesn’t necessarily mean an ambulance will be far away when the need arises.

“The ambulances are on the road all the time, they go from call to call, from hospital to another call. That’s the dynamic model that we have for ambulance service. It works very well and it reduces response times.”

If the lease on the Richards Street station isn’t extended, the closest ones will be in the Downtown Eastside and Kitsilano.

The province sold the property as a way of unloading assets to balance the budget.