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Delta, B.C., plan to expand firefighters' role in medical emergencies criticized

from Canadian Occupational Safety

British Columbia's ambulance service is criticizing a Vancouver-area municipality for expanding the medical care its firefighters can provide in emergency situations. A decision made recently in Delta, B.C., to allow firefighters to give pain medication and maintain IVs during emergencies comes into effect soon. B.C. Emergency Health Services says the move is illegal because it violates provincial law. The paramedics' union also opposes the decision and says the underlying issue is a lack of resources for paramedics. more

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