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Maple Ridge, Tri-Cities get new ambulances

File photo. (Photo by Dustin Godfrey for NEWS 1130)

MAPLE RIDGE (NEWS 1130) – Worries about the long wait for an ambulance in Maple Ridge are being relieved with the addition of two new ones to the fleet.

The hope is the service can soon respond faster as the number of calls for help in the area continues to grow

Maple Ridge has only had two ambulances to work with even though the population has grown rapidly.

Premier Christy Clark says one ambulance will be stationed there, and the other one will go to the Tri-Cities.

“And it will also mean that there’s less calls for ambulances from Maple Ridge to go into places like Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, and the Tri-Cities because they don’t have enough ambulance service there,” says Clark.

The number of serious lights and sirens calls in Maple Ridge has jumped 36 per cent in three years. The addition will bring the regional ambulances total to six.