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Alberta municipalities call on province to fix ambulance system

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LETHBRIDGE, AB – Alberta cities and towns want the provincial government to develop a plan to make “urgently needed improvements” to the ambulance system.

Delegates passed a resolution to that effect at last week’s Alberta Municipalities convention.

Mike Parker, the President of the Health Sciences Association of Alberta, says they applaud municipalities for stepping up on this issue.

The union points to a time last Thursday, November 18th when no ambulances were available in Calgary and surrounding area, so paramedics from Coaldale had to drive two hours to respond to an emergency call in that city.

“The only solution that will bring immediate change is for the Alberta government to invest in more paramedic and fill the 1,000 vacancies for the health care professionals across the province,” says Parker.

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Patrick Siedlecki

Pat has been a mainstay in the CJOC News department from the time the station launched in 2007. He’s been in the position of News Director since then and has been anchoring daily news casts as well as reporting and working behind the scenes.

Community is important to him and keeping CJOC listeners and readers informed about what’s happening across southern Alberta and beyond.

Pat has been in radio broadcasting for the past 24 years, starting in Port Alberni on Vancouver Island in 1997 and then moving up island to Nanaimo for another few years before heading to Lethbridge in 2007.

Pat grew up in the small Saskatchewan farming town of Foam Lake. After high school, he went to Western Academy Broadcasting College (WABC) in Saskatoon prior to moving to the island.

Pat also spent several years broadcasting hockey in the BCHL as well as seven years as the radio voice of the Lethbridge Hurricanes in the WHL.

Pat has been working at Cornerstone Funeral Home in Lethbridge as a Certified Life Celebrant and Funeral Assistant since 2016.

News and sports have always been Pat’s passion from the time he was a teenager and he’s always been grateful to have had the opportunity to make that part of what’s been a fun and long radio career!

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