Governments across the country are recognizing the work of medical first-responders as part of Paramedic Services Week.

B.C. is home to over 3,800 paramedics who respond to over half a million calls to the provincial ambulance service every year.

“B.C.’s paramedics are health professionals with much to offer the overall health-care system,” health minister Terry Lake said in a press release.

The ambulance paramedics union is currently in negotiations for a new contract with the province.