Pacific EMS is started by our CEO, Graham Williamson, himself an experienced paramedic and emergency response professional. We begin operations with a single ground ambulance, and quickly grow our fleet of private ground ambulances, focusing on providing patient transportation and medical transport throughout British Columbia. Pacific EMS creates British Columbia’s first private Critical Care Transport Team to support the emergency movement of critically ill and injured patients between medical facilities.
Pacific EMS undertakes our first cross border long distance ground ambulance transport. Utilizing a growing fleet of private ground ambulances used for medical transport and emergency response, the Pacific EMS Critical Care Transport team is dispatched to Seattle, Washington to bring an injured Canadian traveler home to the Royal Columbian Hospital in New Westminster, BC.
The team at Pacific EMS is operating a growing and increasingly busy emergency services enterprise. With a large fleet of private ground ambulances and medical transport vehicles, the paramedic staff at Pacific EMS are increasingly busy with dispatch runs to medical transport and inter-facility patient transfer calls.
In order to broaden their scope of work as paramedic professionals, our CEO creates our iMED – or Industrial Paramedic Services team. The iMED team focuses on providing high level, topside medical care to industry and resource development clients in British Columbia. Pacific EMS onboards notable clients such as BC Hydro and the BC Wildfire Service, who begin utilizing Pacific EMS for their private emergency medical response needs.
Pacific EMS undertakes it’s first ground ambulance rental contract, by supplying part of our private ground ambulance fleet under rental agreement to the North American Construction Group on a pipeline project in Dawson Creek.
The Pacific EMS ShowMED team is launched – our medical support and ambulance standby division that caters to special operations events, planned events that require ambulance paramedic support, as well as on site paramedic standby and medical care for the film and television industry in British Columbia. Pacific EMS receives our first major event contract, providing ambulances, paramedics and an emergency room physician to cover and support the BC Bike Race, as hundreds of mountain bike riders converge for a grueling race across the West Coast of British Columbia.
With wildfires a growing threat to British Columbia, Pacific EMS mobilizes our iMED and GroundMED ambulance paramedic teams to provide emergency medical care, onsite medical support and emergency first aid services to the BC Wildfire Service. Over several hot, grueling and demanding summer wildfire seasons, the GroundMED paramedic support teams at Pacific EMS support the BC Wildfire with our 4×4 Mobile Treatment Centres, Emergency Transport Vehicles and Ground Ambulances.
With the growth and development of the LNG and natural gas exploration and development industry in British Columbia, Pacific EMS expands our presence in Northeast British Columbia with the opening of our Fort St. John base for on-site medical support, Mobile Treatment Centres and First Aid support for Western Canada’s exploration industry. From our Fort St. John office, Pacific EMS provides Mobile Treatment Centres to major exploration companies such as Progress Energy / Petronas, as British Columbia’s nascent industry begins to grow and develop.
Our CEO, Graham Williamson, is invited to represent British Columbia as part of the British Columbia trade delegation that travels to South Korea, Japan and China, promoting British Columbia’s growing resource economy and LNG business. Pacific EMS paramedics are staged across British Columbia, providing medical transport, and on site medical support solutions to a variety of clients.
Wildfires across British Columbia explode in one of the busiest seasons on record. Pacific EMS is called upon by the BC Wildfire Service to mobilize all available resources to support the response effort. Paramedics from Pacific EMS play a critical role in supporting firefighters who are engaged in extremely dangerous work. Treating a variety of injuries, and evacuating injured firefighters by helicopter medevac is part of daily work undertaken by our paramedics on the front line.
Pacific EMS has become the global “Go-To” provider for complex, high risk international medical evacuations from remote areas. The medical team at Pacific EMS is directly engaged in providing frontline medical evacuation overseas in extremely remote, hard to reach areas around the world, in conflict zones such as Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as areas closed for political and security reasons. Under the direct leadership of our CEO, Pacific EMS becomes the noted name in the industry for handling these highly complex, global evacuation case files.
Pacific EMS is hired by the Interior Health Authority to assist in solving complex staffing issues within their Critical Care Transport program. We provide Critical Care Registered Nurses to the High Acuity Response Team (HART Program). Pacific EMS stations our critical care resources throughout Interior Health at specific locations who begin transporting critically ill patients over long distances from remote areas, to definitive tertiary care centres.
Pacific EMS’s growing presence in the travel medical insurance and emergency travel assistance industry continues to expand. Pacific EMS is called upon on a regular basis to support the movement of medical transport patients by ground ambulance throughout and across a variety of health authorities. This includes providing long distance ground ambulance transport between British Columbia and Alberta for insurance companies such as Pacific Blue Cross, Manulife Financial, and RBC Royal Bank Travel Insurance.
The ShowMED Team at Pacific EMS continues to provide paramedic support and private ground ambulance medical standby to events and festivals, including our regular presence at the Mission Raceway where on site paramedic and ambulance standby is critical to the success of the event.