British Columbia Ambulance Service Statistics

Ambulance Response Call Volumes

The following table shows the number of ambulance responses by year for our regular ground ambulances as well as for our air ambulances.

Fiscal Year 1997/98 1998/99 1999/2000 2000/2001 2001/2002 2002/2003
Ambulance 385,877 399,252 415,705 430,144 453,448 468,413
Air Ambulance 6,823 6,217 6,335 6,966 6,788 6,950

Call Urgency Profile

BCAS ground ambulance call volumes are broken into 3 major categories of call: Emergency (lights and sirens); Non Emergency (no lights and sirens) and inter-hospital transfers. The following table shows this breakdown.

Category % of Calls
Emergency 39.8%
Non Emergency 43.7%
Transfers 16.5%

Pre-Hospital Call Types

The following table shows a more detailed breakdown of the types of pre-hospital ambulance responses. Inter-hospital transfers are not considered pre-hospital responses.

Call Type % of Calls   Call Type % of Calls
Falls/Back Injuries (traumatic) 11.8%   Heart Problems 1.1%
Sick Person (non-priority) 11.3%   Cardiac/Respiratory Arrest 1.1%
Traffic Accidents 10.9%   Allergies/Hives/Med Reactions/Stings 0.7%
Unknown Problem (man down) 8.9%   Headache 0.5%
Breathing Problems 7.9%   Pregnancy/Childbirth/Miscarriage 0.4%
Chest Pain 7.7%   Burns/Explosion 0.4%
Unconscious/Fainting (non-traumatic) 6.3%   Choking 0.4%
Traumatic Injuries, Specific 4.4%   Stab/Gunshot Wound 0.2%
Psychiatric/Suicide Attempt 3.9%   Animal Bites/Attacks 0.2%
Assault/Rape 3.4%   Eye Problems/Injuries 0.1%
Abdominal Pain/Problems 3.3%   Heat/Cold Exposure 0.1%
Convulsions/Seizures 3.3%   Carbon Monoxide/Inhalation/HazMat 0.1%
Hemorrhage/Lacerations 3.1%   Drowning (near)/Diving Accident 0.1%
Overdose/Ingestion/Poisoning 2.7%   Industrial/Machinery Accidents 0.1%
Stroke (CVA) 2.2%   Electrocution 0.0%
Diabetic Problems 1.8%   Interfacility/Palliative Care 0.0%
Back Pain (non-traumatic) 1.7%      

BC Ambulance Service Annual Budget

2001/2002 2002/2003 2003/2004
$191.1 Million $187.6 Million $190.5 Million

Coverage:

Total population served 3.9 Million
Total area covered by the BCAS 926,492 sq. km.
Population density 4.2 people per sq. km.

Resources:

Total field paramedics/EMA's 3,177
Total ambulances and support units 450
Total ambulance stations 190

Defibrillators:

BCAS has semi-automatic external defibrillators in all Basic Life Support (BLS) ambulances and manual defibrillators in all Advanced Life Support (ALS) ambulances.

Emergency Medical Dispatch Centres:

3 Regional Dispatch Centres

  • Victoria
  • Vancouver
  • Kamloops

1 Provincial Air Ambulance Coordination Centre

  • Victoria

Last Revised: October 25, 2006