Saskatoon’s paramedic service reported Tuesday that it was swamped by an unexpected surge in calls.
MD Ambulance said in a release that it responded to 54 calls between about 6 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Tuesday. That’s nearly twice their normal call volume.
The situation left the company without amublances waiting in reserve for much of the day, according to the release.
The company reported that it had called in all available staff and was leaning on services in rural areas near Saskatoon to help out with minor calls.
Still, the service reported that people could expect longer response times for calls about minor injuries or illnesses. The company also warned that inter-hospital patient transfers would face delays.