More paramedics to be trained at Justice Institute of British Columbia

Training more paramedics

The Justice Institute of BC is getting an infusion of cash to help it expand paramedic training programs across the province.

On Thursday afternoon, provincial representatives visited the JIBC campus in New Westminster announce the government would be investing  $2 million into expanding paramedic training programs in communities around the province.

“We know that there is a labour shortage, and nowhere is that more acute than in our health-care system,” said Selina Robinson, minister of post-secondary education and future skills. “British Columbians are looking to government to deliver strong services, and they expect, and rightfully so, when they call 911 a team of paramedics, trained professionals will be dispatched right away.”

According to a press release from the province, the funding will help the primary care paramedic certificate program to be delivered to more than 100 students in New Westminster, Chilliwack, Kelowna, Trail and Victoria. In addition, emergency medical responder training – a pre-requisite for the primary care paramedic certificate program –  to approximately 30 participants in Cranbrook, Port Alberni and Prince George.

“None of us none of us ever wants to have to call 911; I think we all know that. But boy are we lucky that we can, and to know that people are going to come and that they're going to take care of you until other help can come on the way,” Robinson said at Thursday’s press conference. “That's absolutely critical.”

According to Robinson, the investment in careers in emergency health care will lead to faster response times for British Columbians when they need help.

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