H.E.R.O.S. Asks for Council’s Help
Prince George, B.C. – For the past 5 years, there has been a push to have a rapid response medical helicopter service that can reach remote areas in order to decrease the time before an injured or ill person receives medical help.
It has long been known that persons injured in crashes on northern highways, or on the job in rural or remote areas, will wait longer for emergency medical help to reach them because of the distances involved and the access challenges in the region.
In a letter to the North Central Local Government Association and Council for the City of Prince George, HEROS says ” everyone who lives, works and travels in and around our region, deserve better prehospital care than is currently available to them.”
HEROS points to the recent report on emergency medical care from B.C. Forest Safety Council ombudsman Roger Harris which noted provincial authorities “believe it is our choice to live in this area and that we should not expect the same level of emergency care as the people of the Lower Mainland and Victoria now receive.”
HEROS is appealing to private industry – foresters, truckers, miners, petroleum producers; public entities such as firefighters and other first responders and health authorities; and elected government officials to push for real change in how the province conducts its emergency services.
HEROS is calling on Council to join the call for a Royal Commission inquiry into pre-hospital care.
Mayor and Council have approved sending a letter to support HEROS request.