Calgary had no ambulances available an average of 420 times per month to start 2022 – CBC

First 6 months exceeded total number of red alerts Calgary recorded in 2021

Aug 03, 2022

Data from Alberta Health Services indicates Calgary’s ambulance performance and response times continue to decline as red alerts more than doubled in the first six months of this year compared with the same period in 2021.

Red alerts refer to those instances in which no ambulances were available in the system to respond to emergency calls.

The data was obtained by the Opposition NDP through a freedom of information request and shared with CBC News.

In the first six months of 2022, there were 2,522 red alerts recorded, an average of 420 each month. The highest month recorded was in April, when 618 incidents were recorded. There were 1,233 red alerts recorded in the first half of 2021, and 2,358 recorded in the entire year — meaning this year’s numbers have already surpassed that mark.

The average of 420 more than doubles what was recorded in the first six months of 2021, when an average of 205 red alerts per month were recorded. The average for the first six months of 2020 was 145 per month, with a total of 3,324 recorded that year.

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