Mike Michalko

Mike MichalkoMike Michalko is currently the Executive Director for Rural Operations with the British Columbia Ambulance Service.   The program is responsible for all ground operations within the Province of BC outside of the metro operations in Vancouver and Victoria.  This large geographic area encompasses multiple jurisdictions, and health authorities, and borders Alberta, North West Territories, Alaska, Idaho, Montana and Washington States.  With approximately 1800 staff based out of 145 stations Rural Operation responds to approximately 250,000 responses per year.  These areas of service share similar delivery models, diverse populations, and similar challenges in response, service and long transport times.

Mike began his career with the BC Ambulance Service in 1984 as a paramedic in the community of Bella Coola on the West Coast.  He was inspired by his father and three other family members who also stepped up to support pre-hospital care in a very remote community.  Moving on to University and eventually following a career path in EMS, Mike has spent the last 22 years in Northern British Columbia.

Leadership, quality, paramedic safety, and continuous system improvements have been the driving focus in his career.  Supporting the frontline paramedics to provide the very best patient care with the tools, systems, education and resources has brought continuous gratification.

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