1. "BCEHS or BCAS should be ashamed"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - PCP Medic in Vancouver, BC

    I have been working at BC Ambulance Service full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Having worked with this organization for over 18 years. The ONLY positive is the people I've enjoyed working with. We cover each others backs out there and from strong friendships.

    Cons

    Bad disrespectful, demeaning, management. Part time people cover most of the Province and are for the most part outright abused. Grossly underpaid ( $2.00 an hour), no benefits for 6 years. For full time members it is much better as far as benefits etc. However, being grossly under supplied with ambulances and staff.

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  1. COVID-19

    "Not a great experience so far"

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    Current Employee - PCP in Richmond, BC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at BC Ambulance Service part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    It feels great to help someone when they really need it.

    Cons

    I've been here for over a year now. I do the majority of my work on an on call basis. When I joined there was a minimum 4 hour pay guarantee for a 12 hour on call shift. This was recently removed at many of the stations with higher call volumes that employ part time paramedics. We went back to $2 an hour. Based on the amount of times where historically there are no call outs this will reduce my total compensation by about 20%. I went to school and joined with the expectation that my compensation would be adequate. Still not even close to fire or police. But adequate. Frankly, I find a pay cut to this extent absurd. Not to mention extremely callous with the timing(us paramedics have already been a tad stressed with Covid). It has left a horrible taste in my mouth getting emails from management telling us we're appreciated while their actions say otherwise. They send you candy bars and thank you's while docking your pay by thousands. The scheduled on call positions that are supposed to make up for the loss of the guarantee are only going to be rolled out in select smaller centres. Newer employees do not have the seniority to make obtaining one of these positions feasible. Nor are they a good fit if you want stations with a greater call volume for experience. I don't know what to do now. It isn't worth being on call for 12 or sometimes 24 hours(during which I cannot work another job) for the compensation being offerred. It will take about 5 years to get full time and even then I'd be forced to move to Vancouver. Based on the cost of living this is just not worth it even with a full time paramedics salary. I wanted to make a career out of this as I love the job. I just don't know if the sacrifices(dealing with things that can seriously take a toll on your mental health, staying away from your family during a pandemic, risking your life everytime you go through a stop light, not having anything resembling a normal circadian rhythm and the health consequences that entails, getting called out for a 6 hour transfer an hour before your shift ends and ruining those dinner plans you had, financial .... I could keep going) are worth it.

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    "Primary Care Paramedic"

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    Former Employee - Primary Care Paramedic in Creston, BC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at BC Ambulance Service part-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Working with patients is a privilege. The experience humbling.

    Cons

    Things may have changed. As a workplace, BCAS was toxic. Management was staffed with bosses who were top-down, autocratic-authoritarian as leaders. Working full-time/urban or Part-time/urban-rural, the work drains the life out of the best in the field. Society doesn't understand the sacrifices made by first responders and our families in BC. The risk of stress-injury, mentally and physically, is extremely high. Neither the employer, nor our compensation system in BC, is empowered to protect BC paramedics to the level this high-risk demands. There's a motto that far too-many paramedics in the service held: "BCAS: We eat our own."

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