From 2014 to 2021, Airdrie ambulances have been dispatched to the events of 9/11 in Calgary over 7,500 times. According to data obtained through an informal request under the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FOIP 2022-G-078) of the approximately 7,000 requests, medical services Airdrie emergency responders were assigned to the 9/11 events in the city of Calgary, meaning they were “en route” and arrived on the scene a total of 3,164 times between 2014 and 2021.
Calls to which Airdrie EMS was dispatched and were physically en route to the scene in Calgary, but were either removed from the call or responded to another occurrence, numbered 2971 in the past seven years.
The highest number of total dispatches was in 2021 with 3872 calls for Airdrie EMS to respond, with 1360 of these calls being scored by Airdrie EMS both en route and physically arriving on scene.
Conversely, according to another informal request under the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FOIP 2022-G-079), Calgary ambulances were asked to move to Airdrie 3,132 times between 2014 and 2021. However, it should be noted that this information does not include, “Relocation request completion. [It] is not documented in the CAD system and therefore cannot be supplied. The data in this request only includes units stationed in Calgary that have been requested to move to a location outside of Calgary.
Since 2014, there has been a systematic increase in the number of times Airdrie ambulances have been dispatched to Calgary. In 2014, there were a total of 147 calls for Airdrie EMS to respond in Calgary. 90 of these calls were actually marked both en route and on site, while around 39 calls were en route but never arrived on site. The rest of the calls, approximately 18 calls, were not sent to Airdrie EMS and EMS did not respond. This may be due to a variety of reasons, including an ambulance request to “pull out” or a closer unit has responded; A caller could also have indicated that emergency services were no longer available. Since 2014, a total of 646 of these types of calls have been recorded, although these are only calls involving Airdrie EMS crews dealing with Calgary.
Between 2014 and 2016, dispatch calls for Airdrie EMS to respond to emergencies in Calgary remained fairly stable, with a drop in 2015 to just 119 total calls. However, in 2017, Airdrie EMS was dispatched a total of 370 times, with well over half of these calls being en route and on scene by Airdrie paramedics.
In 2019, the total number of calls was more than six times that of 2014, with Airdrie EMS en route and on site half the time or more.
In 2020, Airdrie paramedics were dispatched 1,527 times to Calgary. Paramedics were on the road and on scene 730 times.
It should be noted that data obtained from FOIP 2022-G-078 also shows that there were a total of over 29,000 dispatch calls between 2014 and 2021 for EMS outside of Calgary, some dispatches to Vulcan, 128 kilometers from Calgary. .
No data was recorded in FOIP documents for 2022, although provincial health officials and Alberta AHS EMS officials have cited this since the implementation of the Metro Response Plan (MRP), “which s ‘strives to keep suburban ambulances in their home communities instead of using these ambulances to cover urban areas when call volumes are highest’, there has been a decline in the number of rural ambulances and suburban areas diverted to large urban areas.
According to an EMS System Pressure & Mitigation document, “Since implementing these first steps in March, unit availability has already increased in many locations, including Stony Plain, Beaumont, Airdrie and Cochrane, to name a few. some.”
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