LETHBRIDGE - The Mayor is once again going public with his disapproval of the provincial
plan to consolidate ambulance dispatch services.
Rajko Dodic is sending a
letter to Health Minister Fred Horne asking him to reconsider the
Dodic thinks the move to consolidate is not based on facts but
rather on an untested belief that consolidation is better than what previously
exists and for integrated services such as Lethbridge, he believes that
conclusion to be faulty.
The province intends to integrate their dispatch services with ours so
that it will be a seamless transition. However, Dodic feels it can be done
better locally, saying "our position is that we have a single location in
Lethbridge, we have operators who can dispatch fire, ambulance, and police at
the same time as needed and we know where the personal and the equipment is at
any given time."
He says the present system works and he's being asked to embrace a system
that is unproven and in good conscience, he's not prepared to do that.
In the letter, Dodic points out that Lethbridge also provides ambulance
dispatch services for surrounding communities. He says "Associate Minister of
Municipal Affairs Greg Weadick has been given an ear full by many of the
neighbouring communities saying that the ambulance dispatch provided by
Lethbridge is excellent and at this point in time we see no reason why we can't
maintain or shouldn't maintain the dispatch of all three of those, fire, EMS and
police from the one location."
The letter is also going to Premier Alison Redford, Minister of Municpal
Affairs Doug Griffiths, and Lethbridge MLA's Greg Weadick and Bridget