Unplowed road delays arrival of paramedics

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I would like to know what qualifications Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal (DTIR) employees need to have, and when and how are they able to second guess emergency medical technicians (EMT) when they call for a road to be plowed.

I would like to know what qualifications Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal (DTIR) employees need to have to be employed, and when and how are they able to second guess emergency medical technicians (EMT) when they call for a road to be plowed.

I called for an ambulance a week ago Thursday morning after a blizzard, when I realized that I would not be able to get through the snow on the Brule Shore Road in Tatamagouche. I had already called DTIR and was told the road would not be plowed until mid-morning. My medical emergency would not wait that long. To make a long story short, the EMTs made it through the snowdrifts with the help of a neighbour and his tractor. My husband was immediately transferred to the Dr. George L. Dumont University Hospital Centre in Moncton. The road was not plowed until mid-morning even though they received two phone calls, one from me which carried no weight at all and one from the EMTs as procedure required, both of which they ignored.

My Husband is recovering. I hope no other calls are ignored, the results could be much worse.

 

Karen Congdon

Brule Shore

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Organizations: Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal, George L. Dumont University Hospital Centre

Geographic location: Brule Shore Road, Tatamagouche, Moncton

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  • unknown
    February 04, 2014 - 21:21

    Did u actually state you had a medical emergency and were calling a ambulance? Are you sure EMS called as well, I would think that if they did and the plow did not show up to plow the road then they would be calling again and that they would be following up with DOT to see why the plow did not show up.

  • francis
    February 04, 2014 - 11:50

    Hospital in Moncton? There's a hospital in Tatamagouche and Truro.