Emergency response times in Winnipeg continue to be low.
That’s according to United Fire Fighters of Winnipeg Board Member, Stephen Nixon.
He joined Winnipeg’s Morning News to kick off Paramedic Services Week.
Nixon says within the downtown core, emergency crews can get to a call in two minutes.
“Just at the one station alone we have five fire trucks, two, sometimes three ambulances, including a major incident response vehicle,” Nixon explains. “It’s go, go, go there.”
Derek Balcaen is with Winnipeg Fire and Paramedic Services. He credits their unique setup for quick response times.
“Because we’ve got so many paramedics, 400 on the fire trucks and another nearly 300 on the ambulances, we’re able to get a licensed paramedic to your door in under four minutes.”
Winnipeg is the only large Canadian city that has paramedics that are trained firefighters.