Protections for first responders in effect tomorrow


This would be used in a situation where an emergency worker is exposed to the bodily fluids of someone with a high-risk lifestyle, like a drug user, who may decline to give a sample voluntarily, based on their history.
Plaques of the legislation were given to the local Fire Department, along with the Taylor Fire Department, Charlie Lake Fire Department, B.C. Ambulance and RCMP in August 2012. Fort St. John Fire Chief Fred Burrows said then that before this legislation was in place, it would be a "long, tough fight" to find out if that person had a communicable disease like Hepatitis or HIV. Without knowing what that person may have, the worker could go on a cocktail of medications almost immediately, simply as a precaution.