(THUNDER BAY, ON) – Thunder Bay’s ambulances hit “Code Black” a couple hours ago.
”Code Black” means that there are no available ambulances for emergency calls. All the ambulances were tied up on calls at the time.
We have been told that there was pending emergency calls during this “code black” and it is likely that ambulances from neighbouring communities were dispatched. This is dangerous as the response time from neighbouring communities is much longer, which can lead to a loss of life in certain emergencies.
As of 10:30 pm, 6 ambulances were reported as waiting to off load at the hospital.
Superior North EMS has no doubt dealt with numerous overdoses among other medical issues today, causing the spike in a need for service.
Paramedics can sometimes get held at the hospital until the emergency room can take their patients in.
We will update you more on this in a follow up article as more information becomes available.