Lethbridge Mayor Chris Spearman says he’s disappointed the province will not reverse its decision of centralizing EMS dispatch services. The province did not support a motion brought forth by Lethbridge, Calgary, Red Deer and Wood Buffalo. Mayor Spearman says it really is a non-partisan issue and it is about recognizing the importance of community safety and preserving the effectiveness of emergency services. He says since the consolidation of EMS dispatch, each region has experienced significant issues.
Spearman says Albertans need to call Premier Jason Kenney and demand the return to emergency dispatch services to local jurisdictions. He says he will also request a third party external review of the EMS dispatch system to be conducted to provide recommendations to improve Alberta’s emergency services.