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B.C. paramedics urge public to stay in as calls surge during snow storm

Last Updated Jan 15, 2020 at 1:28 pm PDT

(Courtesy Twitter.com/BC_EHS)

Slips, falls and car crashes mean B.C. paramedics are responding to twice as many calls

BC Emergency Health Services is urging people to stay indoors, and only venture outdoors if necessary

NEWS 1130 (VANCOUVER) — Paramedics are joining the chorus of voices urging people to avoid all unnecessary travel, as calls due to car crashes and falls have doubled.

“Certainly, we are experiencing higher than normal demand, especially with falls due to the snow. We’ve had approximately double the number of calls for falls and a significant increase in motor vehicle incidents as well,” says Neil Lilley with BC Emergency Health Services.

He says crews are coping with the demand and ambulances are equipped with tire chains.

But he says staying indoors, if possible, is the safest option.

“It can be very dangerous so I just encourage the public of B.C. not to venture outdoors in this weather unless it’s absolutely necessary. Trips and falls are very common, so are motor vehicle incidents. If you do have any elderly friends or neighbours please make sure that you can check upon them.”

Lilley says paramedics and hospital staff face the same challenges commuting to work as everyone else, and is commending their commitment.

“Health authorities across the province, they’re managing the situation very well. they’re managing to turn around our crews at emergency departments very quickly, ensuring that our ambulances are back out on the road and able to respond in a timely manner.”