The district is lobbying Queen's Park for help with ambulance transfers. Henry Wall is the Chief administrative officer for the Kenora District Services Board, and he's looking for the province to help pay for non-urgent transfers.

"It's not a matter of meeting the response time, but it's the additional cost of being able to do that. So, that's where the true issue lies. It's costing us to meet our targets," he said.

Wall estimates it might cost about a half-million dollars a year, to pay for the transfers. The City of Kenora has more than 4,000 calls for ambulance service a year.

After a visit to Dryden council, the CAO says he welcomes the help from municipal police, especially when things get busy.

"What I wanted to do with that example is just to demonstrate to the council, as well, even though we run and operate EMS, there are a number of things we have no control over, in terms of when and where our paramedics are dispatched, but our vast geography is just  inherent and creates issues. As service providers, it's good to work together," he said.

Since there's only one crew on duty in the City of Dryden, Wall gave the example of the police helping out, when the paramedics were busy on another call.

For more information:

Northwest EMS - Response times