Ambulance Paramedics of BC

January 04, 2005 19:23 ET

BC Paramedics to Help Tsunami Fund Raising Efforts



JANUARY 4, 2005 - 19:23 ET

BC Paramedics to Help Tsunami Fund Raising Efforts

RICHMOND, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(CCNMatthews - Jan. 4, 2005) - While BC
Ambulance Paramedics are accustomed to responding to emergencies never
have they responded to an emergency like this.

On January 5th and 6th, 2005 paramedics from across British Columbia
will be out on the streets collecting money for the Canadian Red Cross
Tsunami relief efforts. "Most people associate our paramedics with a
response to an emergency or crisis, we are hoping they will see the
uniforms on the street and want to help," said Stuart Myers, Director of
Public Education, Ambulance Paramedics of BC, CUPE Local 873. "To date
we have paramedics from 130 different communities all across British
Columbia who will be volunteering their time and will be out collecting
money for the relief efforts," added Myers.

"Our paramedics will be out on the street in uniform, shaking the
sharps," said Myers. The sharps containers are used by paramedics to
dispose of used needles and are bright yellow containers that are in
every ambulance across the province. Myers assures that the containers
have not been used and are clean.

Paramedics have been ready to respond since the Tsunami stuck.
Paramedics on the Heavy Urban Search and Rescue (HUSAR) were put on
standby by the United Nations, since then they have been stood down,
however, they still remain ready and committed if asked.

135 high school students will also join paramedics in Richmond, BC, the
students are part of a first responder program that provides medical
training and work experience on ambulances.

All monies collected will go directly to the Canadian Red Cross Tsunami
Relief efforts.


Contact Information

    Ambulance Paramedics of BC
    Stuart Myers
    Director of Public Education
    (604) 313-7571