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Missing male

found deceased

Tyrone Kellerman, who was previously
reported missing on February 14, 2017 was
located deceased on June 19 in a rural area near
Edson. His death is not believed to be suspicious
at this time.
Police would like to thank the media and public
for their assistance in this file.
Edson RCMP were asking for public
assistance to locate 56-year-old Tyrone
Kellerman. Tyrone was reported missing to
police and was last seen at the Edson Walmart.
He may have been driving a dark blue Dodge
Ram Diesel truck with Alberta plate BFT8284.
There was a general concern for his safety and
well-being. Lisa Lebouthillier with students from the Language Enrichment program from the A.H. Dakin
School enjoying some time at Edson's spray park recently. photo Deanna Mitchener
County launches inquiry into

AHS and STARS response times

continued from front
ambulance to be launched immediately," authority to call STARS and stand them Weiss, was asked if AHS operated a 90th
said Ramme. In the meantime a Basic Life down," said Ramme. "We want the public to percentile benchmark of 40 minute response
Support (BLS) ambulance was dispatched to understand we are getting more and more times in rural communities that are within
the scene because the closest Advance Life mutual aid calls [to the County Fire 200 kilometres of an urban centre (ie:
Support ambulance was 49 minutes away, Department] and the Fire Department is Edmonton). Weiss replied, "It was put in to
according to county information. going out there providing basic medical see where our serious concerns would be
BLS ambulances only carry standard level care." highlighted. It was not that if a community
equipment and are typically staffed with Director of Protective Services Albert Bahri was doing better we were not going to do
Emergency Medical Responders (EMR) or said, "We are getting beat up on a daily basis anything until they got worse. The process
Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT). from residents in the hamlets and the was based on improvement not on targets.
Advance Life Support ambulances (ALS) are community because they call for an We would certainly be concerned if a
able to deal with more complex needs and ambulance and we can't dispatch Fire. We community was doing better and was
are staffed by at least one Paramedic. It have to take that call and forward it to AHS. suddenly doing worse."
carries more life saving equipment, including For example, there were three callers in Weiss said the biggest challenge rural
advanced airway management. Robb who could look out their door to the communities face with ambulance services
Yellowhead County has one ALS equipped Fire Station but waited 60 minutes to two are geography and distances.
ambulance located in Evansburg. Edson has hours for an ambulance. The calls we do go However, rural communities can sometimes
two BLS and one ALS ambulance. Hinton is on, we are waiting a ½ hour to a 1 1/2 hour be left exposed for hours because the local
equipped with two BLS and one ALS for an ambulance to arrive." ambulance has been called to urban centres
ambulance. "The Paramedics, EMTs, and people either to help transport an emergency or non-
"When the BLS ambulance got on scene working for the ambulance services are emergency patient. And an ambulance that
they stood STARS down," said Ramme. The second to none, and are doing a great job. has been cleared and has no patient on board
doctor on the call in communication with We are not criticizing STARS or AHS, but can also be called into service before getting
STARS eventually overruled the situation the system is not working as it should," said back to their home destination. "It is a
and requested STARS to launch, stated Bahri. challenge," said Weiss.
Ramme. Council debated the merits of sending out a "One dispatch system can see all the
"By the time STARS got on scene, loaded media release. "This has been going on for a resources. When one ambulance goes out of
the patient and the situation was resolved long time and unless we inform the public I an area, dispatch can move a resource to
—two hours had passed," said Ramme. "The don't see anything changing," said lessen the impact. But a borderless system
patient could have driven to the city in less Councillor Fred Priestley-Wright. "In my provides a better response as opposed to
time." area you could get to a hospital quicker by hoping and ambulance will get back soon,"
The County has launched an inquiry driving than calling an ambulance, and that's said Weiss.
requesting details from STARS and AHS sad. But it's a reality." We asked if AHS has considered other
regarding the situation and "who has the Bahri spoke to the issue, "We get calls from options for transporting non-emergency
the public asking why we can't fix this and I patients. "Yes, but the first option we are
do not have an answer to give them. I can't looking at is coordinating it better. For
BILL MITCHELL say why it's taking an ambulance so long, but instance, when do we want to move a non-
NEW TRUCK SALES I can tell them why we are not there. We critical patient that considers the ambulance
NORTH don't have authority over medical calls." resources in the area? We have options
"We have a responsibility to our delaying non-critical patient transfers. But
community members and our questions the borderless system allows us to adapt
Western Star Trucks (North) Ltd.
26124 TWP Road 531A haven't gotten the attention they need," said quickly to critical patients," said Weiss.
"We come from a place that there's always
Acheson, AB T7X 5A1 Ramme. room to improve and hearing from the
Mayor Gerald Soroka asked if council agreed to send out the release. The majority community is certainly a way to do that, and of council agreed. the conversations need to continue," said
In a subsequent interview with The Weekly Weiss.
Anchor, AHS Executive Director for EMS (See County Release page 8)
Toll Free 1-800-252-7500
and IFT, North Sector Operations Dale
Phone: 780-453-3452
Cell: 780-984-2224
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