Yukon communities need more EMS volunteers to fill service gaps, gov't says


The Yukon Government said it’s doing everything it can to improve emergency medical services in Yukon communities, but the territory needs more volunteers.

Recently, people in Watson Lake and Dawson City have expressed concern over gaps in local services, including the lack of an available ambulance or paramedic which has led to local fire departments responding to medical emergency calls.

“When it comes to actual coverage [in Dawson],” explained Ryan Soucy, Yukon’s deputy chief of technical operations with emergency medical services (EMS), “We do staff two full time primary care paramedics, Monday to Friday.

“We have four auxiliary on-call primary care paramedics … and then we have six active community responders which are volunteer responders.”

In Watson Lake, Soucy said there

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