Since its inception in 1976, the team has cared for and transported more than 50,000 patients using specially-equipped air and ground ambulances.
Based out of BC Children’s Hospital, 24 specially trained BC Emergency Health Services paramedics play a crucial role in the health care for young and maternity patients with complex medical issues, particularly in rural and remote areas of BC.
The team utilizes two helicopters and three fixed-wing airplanes outfitted with special equipped to care for neonatal, pediatric and high-risk obstetric patients. Each is equipped with 2,000 litres of medical oxygen, air pumps and electrical outlets – enough equipment to tend to two acute care patients. Four ground ambulances outfitted with specialized equipment such as built-in air pumps, and 1,000 watt inverters to maintain power levels are also used by the team.
Last year, the team provided critical care to more than 2,500 patients throughout the province.