Paramedics want essential service status

Paramedics want essential service status

Paramedics seeking signatures on a petition to change provincial legislation

Local paramedics continue to pursue signatures on an initiative petition to amend the Fire and Police Services Collective Bargaining Rights Act to give paramedics the same status as firefighters and police officers.

Currently, paramedics in B.C. are not deemed as an essential service.

“With just over three weeks remaining in the tight time period, they are giving an all-out effort to get the required 4,750 signatures in the Vernon-Monashee electoral district and 4,091 for Shuswap,” said Dean Perry, local spokesperson.

“We encourage everyone who hasn’t signed to come out to one of the signing events for the balance of March”

Representatives will be at the Polson Save On Foods Tuesdays from 2 to 6 p.m. and the Village Green Save On Foods Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4 to 6 p.m. There will also be a booth March 18 at the Real Canadian Super Store from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

“To find a calendar of events in other areas, request a canvasser, or for more information visit www.yourparamedics.ca,” said Perry.

Paramedics recently got an additional 174 signatures at the Vernon Fish and Game Club banquet at the Vernon Recreation Complex.

“The support is overwhelming. Just about everyone asked is more than happy to sign the petition,” said Perry.