The B.C. Ambulance Service supplied The Valley Sentinel with a statement from their Quality Improvement Team in regard to the tragic accident 30 Km south of Valemount on July 12 that claimed the life of Jim Carroll of Edmonton, Alta. “Our deepest sympathies go out to the family of the patient, Jim Carroll. This was a very unfortunate incident,” said B.C. Ambulance Spokesperson, Christy Anderson.
B.C. Ambulance arrived on scene approximately 20 minutes after the original call came into the dispatcher. The entire round trip, from the time the call came in to their arrival at the Valemount Health Clinic was 55 minutes. “It is unlikely that a helicopter could have been launched, landed and have been transported in that amount of time,” said Anderson.
Most important to note is the assessment of the patient. “While the incident is very unfortunate, due to the nature of the patient’s injuries B.C. Ambulance believes there was not a possibility of changing the outcome,” said Anderson.
Update: July 22nd
In regard to why BC Ambulance had initially not proceeded to the scene with more haste, Christy Anderson, BCAS Spokesperson, had this to say, “BC Ambulance originally received the call as a routine call, which means we would not be going lights and sirens or breaking the speed limit. Approximately 15 min after the original call it was upgraded to code 3, which is where we drive with lights and sirens and break the speed limit. That is based on the information we receive from the person who makes the call, which goes through our dispatch system and the call gets dispatched. After the call was upgraded to code 3 we were on scene 5 minutes later. “