First Nations Fire Fighters Integration
Fire fighters from First Nations community responds with ambulance as part of a respectful relationship and understanding of cultural safety for their First Nations community.
I just want to address my view on cultural safety. There’s a relationship between this ambulance group particularly and a virgin fire department at Tla’min so, they turn up at a lot of our calls, a lot of ambulance calls out there and they provide something unusual for a first responder agency and it really has to do with cultural safety. It has to do with relationship between the people, so they’re like intermediaries in a way that no other first responder agency quite, quite does it. That’s fairly innovative…so you turn up for whatever – acute medical or trauma – and there’s a couple firefighters there who are [Tla’amin] community members [who] show up, and they’re responders, but they’re also part of the community. So, it’s as simple as that and consequently ambulance takes their lead, there’s a kind of a respect, right? That we respect them. I would be far more deferring to the first responders in that case, unless of course there was something interventional to perform, which we do, but then every other part of an encounter would involve that connection, you know? They’re far more integrated than in our society.
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