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Yellowhead County frustrated over ambulance response



Release: The ALS ambulance which had the required locations, it is even more imperative that
Poor communication and inconsistent response resources and life support needed was forty-nine potentially life threatening and other severe
cause concern from County and prompt inquiry minutes away. No immediate reply regarding the medical incidents are responded to in a timely
over Alberta Health Services and STARS request was received and the call for air manner.
response time. ambulance support was initially cancelled by the The priority for YCFD first responders is to
AHS Basic Life Support (BLS) unit that ensure better rural emergency services and
Yellowhead County will be making inquiries eventually arrived on scene. STARS was later response to all rural residents with safety and
with Alberta Health Services (AHS) and STARS launched following further discussions between health support as paramount.
Air Ambulance over dispatch and the ground crew and the STARS doctor who was Yellowhead County is requesting details from
communication protocols based on a recent not on scene. STARS and Alberta Health Services in regards to
incident in Yellowhead County. The YCFD first-responders in attendance also how emergency services were contacted,
The incident, that took place on June 15, 2017, had background knowledge regarding the deployed, as well as the response they received
left a Yellowhead County resident without air resident's medical background and were aware of by those already on scene. Yellowhead County is
ambulance service for two hours after the request the potential severity of the patient. YCFD concerned that the County's request was
was made by first responders on the scene. personnel remained on scene until the resident neglected and that a communication issue with
One of the concerns is that the request for a was evacuated. the on-scene first responders and the STARS
STARS helicopter air ambulance by the Yellowhead County is asking for answers as to dispatch centre was the cause for a delayed
Yellowhead County firefighters, who were the why the initial requests by YCFD first- response by the appropriate emergency services.
first emergency services on scene, was delayed responders were not heeded as all Yellowhead For further information regarding 911 and
by the STARS dispatch centre based on poor County firefighters are medically trained first- YCFD involvement in this incident, please call
communication protocols by AHS ground responders and able to assess the severity of an Albert Bahri, Director of Protective Services at
ambulance. injury and the level of emergency response that Yellowhead County.
The call for STARS by Yellowhead County Fire may be required.
Department (YCFD) was requested due to AHS YCFD firefighters are relied on as medical first (See story front page)
not having an Advanced Life Support (ALS) responders when there are no ground ambulance
ambulance unit in the area, and a direct request services available. Although there are inherent
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