Emergency calls

Sooke is one of eight RCMP-serviced municipalities in the southern Vancouver Island being asked by the province to start paying the bills for E-Comm’s police dispatch service by 2022. (File - E-Comm 911)

Sooke taxpayers face $300,000 bill for police dispatching

Mayor says service should be a federal and provincial government responsibility

 

Emergency Health Services say they received a 911 call June 1 at 3:35 p.m. from a woman who had fallen but was in stable condition at Metrotown SkyTrain station. (Ambulance Paramedics of B.C.)

Ambulance response times in question after B.C. woman waits 1 hour with broken hip

Union president Troy Clifford says B.C.’s poorly managed paramedic staffing system is to blame

 

View Royal Fire Rescue has been concerned about alcohol consumption and safety issues at Thetis Lake Regional Park for decades, says View Royal Fire Chief Paul Hurst. (Black Press Media file photo)

View Royal mulling options to curb cliff jumping at Thetis Lake Park

Staff propose bylaw to charge for cliff jumping rescues, but mayor unconvinced

 

Ready to do battle. Sooke Fire Rescue firefighters prepare to practice search and rescue techniques at a local home slated for demolition in March 2021. (Sooke Fire Rescue photo)

Sooke’s volunteer fire department faces firefighter retention challenges

Eleven firefighters have left the department in the last two years

Ready to do battle. Sooke Fire Rescue firefighters prepare to practice search and rescue techniques at a local home slated for demolition in March 2021. (Sooke Fire Rescue photo)
Langford Fire Rescue (Black Press Media file photo)

Langford looks to strike out on its own for emergency fire dispatch services

Mayor Stew Young says the city is large enough to negotiate solo

Langford Fire Rescue (Black Press Media file photo)
The Capital Regional District’s Langford-based fire dispatch could be dissolved by the end of the year, replaced by a larger dispatcher in Saanich or Surrey. (Black Press Media file photo)

Langford-based CRD Fire Dispatch could see its last call this year

$1 million in mandatory upgrades too expensive for local municipalities, says Langford mayor

The Capital Regional District’s Langford-based fire dispatch could be dissolved by the end of the year, replaced by a larger dispatcher in Saanich or Surrey. (Black Press Media file photo)
Rescuers assist boaters in distress off Rocky Point in Nanaimo on Friday, April 23. (Photo courtesy Ricarda Brusegard)

Rescuers come to the aid of boaters in distress off Nanaimo’s Neck Point

RCMP, Port of Nanaimo, coast guard, research vessel respond to mayday call

Rescuers assist boaters in distress off Rocky Point in Nanaimo on Friday, April 23. (Photo courtesy Ricarda Brusegard)
Ambulance crews have been busy with a record number of emergency overdose calls this Wednesday, April 21. (BC Emergency Health Services)

B.C. paramedics responded to a record 138 overdose calls in a single day

Wednesday’s calls included 48 in the Vancouver Coastal Health region and 51 in Fraser Health

Ambulance crews have been busy with a record number of emergency overdose calls this Wednesday, April 21. (BC Emergency Health Services)
Hands-only CRP has been proven to be far more effective than mouth-to-mouth and is far safer during the COVID-19 pandemic, says Leon Baranowski, B.C. Emergency Health Services paramedic practice leader. (BCEHS stock photo)

CPR during COVID-19: How to save someone’s life without risking your own

Paramedics share tips after civilians perform safe CPR on cardiac arrest patient in B.C. park

Hands-only CRP has been proven to be far more effective than mouth-to-mouth and is far safer during the COVID-19 pandemic, says Leon Baranowski, B.C. Emergency Health Services paramedic practice leader. (BCEHS stock photo)
There were 164 more overdose calls in Greater Victoria in 2020 than in 2019. (Black Press Media file photo)

Greater Victoria sees increase in overdose calls in 2020

Official says most deaths are in the suburbs, in garages and bedrooms

There were 164 more overdose calls in Greater Victoria in 2020 than in 2019. (Black Press Media file photo)
BC Ambulance Services reassures people that the service is well staffed and ready to respond. Photo by Don Bodger

BC Ambulance assures the Island community they’re ‘fully staffed’

‘Paramedics are not limited to a geographical area.’ — BCEHS

BC Ambulance Services reassures people that the service is well staffed and ready to respond. Photo by Don Bodger
The Port McNeill hospital will be diverting emergency room patients to Port Hardy on Halloween weekend, says healthcare worker. (North Island Gazette file photo)
The Port McNeill hospital will be diverting emergency room patients to Port Hardy on Halloween weekend, says healthcare worker. (North Island Gazette file photo)
Emergency crews are responding to a crash in Cobble Hill nearby Fisher Road and the Trans-Canada Highway. (Photo by Colby Perkins)

UPDATED: RCMP investigating serious crash in Cobble Hill

Emergency crews shut down intersection of the Trans-Canada Highway and Fisher Road

Emergency crews are responding to a crash in Cobble Hill nearby Fisher Road and the Trans-Canada Highway. (Photo by Colby Perkins)
Nanoose Volunteer Fire Department firefighters hosed down a pile of garbage that was hauled out from a semi-trailer that caught fire at the Parksville weigh station on Tuesday, April 28. (Michael Briones photo)

Trailer trash catches fire at Parksville weigh station

Excavator used to haul out garbage for Nanoose fire crews to hose down

Nanoose Volunteer Fire Department firefighters hosed down a pile of garbage that was hauled out from a semi-trailer that caught fire at the Parksville weigh station on Tuesday, April 28. (Michael Briones photo)
A home off Terrien Road in Nanoose Bay was destroyed by fire in the early morning of Feb. 23. (Jim Murray photo)

Massive early-morning blaze destroys unoccupied Nanoose Bay home

Firefighters from three departments called in to battle fire

A home off Terrien Road in Nanoose Bay was destroyed by fire in the early morning of Feb. 23. (Jim Murray photo)
E-Comm dispatchers saw an increase in phone calls due to the snow. (Black Press Media File)

Vancouver Island dispatchers see rise in 911 calls due to snowfall

A 10 per cent increase was seen overnight, with more throughout the day

E-Comm dispatchers saw an increase in phone calls due to the snow. (Black Press Media File)
Chief Const. Del Manak said police have faced many challenges since switching to the new call centre in Saanich. (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)

Victoria residents face long holds for non-emergency police calls

Victoria police face challenges ‘on many fronts’ since switching to E-Comm call centre

Chief Const. Del Manak said police have faced many challenges since switching to the new call centre in Saanich. (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)