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West Island Residents Face Longer Ambulance Wait Times, Sparking Concerns

Patrick D Costa

Urgences Santé data shows longer response times in the West Island compared to other areas.

Urgences Santé data shows longer response times in the West Island compared to other areas. Beaconsfield and Baie-D’Urfé average 15:08 minutes, Kirkland averages 14:07 minutes, compared to Montreal’s average of 10:08 minutes.

Ideally, response times should be under 8 minutes. Kirkland Mayor, Michel Gibson, argues 15 minutes is unacceptable.

Mathieu Lacombe, a paramedic, highlights staffing shortages and insufficient ambulances, forcing them to dispatch resources from already strained areas like Valleyfield and Vaudreuil-Dorion.

While acknowledging fewer ambulances in the West Island, Jean Mari Dufresne emphasizes the role of first responders who can arrive within 10 minutes and provide initial care.

The ministry acknowledges regional disparities and mentions a $32 million investment in 2022 for improved coverage. Additionally, they have a new agreement with ambulance companies and an upcoming action plan for pre-hospital services.

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