First Responder Training Funding

Year
2011
Category
Justice and Protective Services
NCLGA Ref#
A4
UBCM Ref#
B6

Status

Endorsed by the NCLGA and UBCM Memberships

Details

WHEREAS provincial funding supporting the training of volunteer First Responders has been reduced by the Emergency and Health Services Commission;

AND WHEREAS the reduction of funding will impact all fire departments throughout BC that are delivering emergency pre-hospital assistance under the Provincial Emergency Medical Assistant First Responder Program;

AND WHEREAS Emergency Medical Services (EMS) is a provincial responsibility which is delivered, in part, by a majority of local governments in BC through their fire departments under the Provincial Medical Assistant First Responder Program and which has been acknowledged by the Provincial Government as a valuable program in providing patient support until paramedics arrive:

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that NCLGA and UBCM lobby the Provincial Government to continue its commitment to fully financially support the training of dedicated volunteer First Responders to ensure they have the skills required to provide high quality pre-hospital emergency assistance to patients where First Responders are the first to arrive on the scene.

Additional Information

UBCM comments:

The UBCM membership endorsed resolution 2010-B2, which requested the reinstatement of core funding for emergency management training (2010-B2).

In response to the resolution, the Province indicated that it remains committed to helping build strong communities by funding non-profit public safety organizations through the community gaming grant program.

The BC Association of Emergency Managers and the Emergency Social Services Association each received a $250,000 special one-time gaming grant in March 2009. Both organizations were advised of the Gaming Policy and Enforcement Branch’s annual application process.

In fiscal year 2009/10, both organizations applied and were denied because their applications did not meet eligibility criteria, in part because a significant portion of the earlier $250,000 grant remained unspent and because required financial information was not submitted.

Neither organization applied for volunteer training funds in 2010/11. These organizations may apply again in the next Public Safety sector intake period. More information is available on the branch website at: www.hsd.gov.bc.ca/gaming.