July 16, 2009
Having just come back from the Maritime fire chiefs conference in Nova Scotia where coverage of the Toronto city workers strike was sparse, at best, I missed the first stories on the Toronto ambulance that allegedly took more than half an hour to arrive at an apartment building where a man died while waiting for paramedics, and the ensuing debate and media coverage.
By Carey Fredericks
In the latest installment, CTV news
has managed to get audio records from the security company at the apartment
building that detail the times of the 911 calls and the ambulance arrival 37
The ministry of health is investigating and some
have blamed the Toronto city workers
strike for delays.
EMS, an essential service, has
been staffed at 75 per cent during the strike.
EMS Chief Bruce Farr said Tuesday that
the response was not related to the labour disruption.
He said paramedics got to the scene in
nine minutes but waited for police backup out of concern for their safety. (That
statement has not yet been explained.) Paramedics went to help Hearst when his condition
worsened, Farr said.