CAMPBELL RIVER, B.C.-BC Emergency Health Services says Campbell River’s new paramedic will be the first of its kind.

At city council’s last meeting it was revealed that the city will be getting a “rural advanced care community paramedic”.  They have an upgraded skillset.

Nancy Kotani, Executive Director of Strategic Planning with BC EHS, says so far they’ve only been in the bigger cities in the province.

Kotani says these paramedics have all the skills of a regular paramedic, but they don’t go on emergency calls. Instead they visit patients in their homes and use preventative care to help keep calls from happening at all:

Kotani added the paramedics typically deal with older adults with chronic conditions. She says the program has an added benefit:

It’s a permanent position in Campbell River, and not a pilot project of any kind.