10/06/2011 11:35 EDT | Updated 12/06/2011 05:12 EST

Paramedics voice concerns over ambulance use in rural areas of New Brunswick

MONCTON, N.B. - A group of paramedics is unhappy over the use of ambulance service in rural areas of New Brunswick.

About 50 unionized paramedics rallied today in front of the Moncton office of Ambulance New Brunswick.

They say they are frustrated because ambulances from outlying rural areas are diverted to cover 911 calls in urban centres when urban ambulances are pulled to do long-haul patient transfers.

The paramedics say that leaves rural areas exposed in an emergency.

Fredericton paramedic Trent Piercy says the group is doing what it can to try to get Ambulance New Brunswick to listen to its concerns.

The company issued a statement saying it would continue to listen to the paramedics, but would not negotiate through the media.

(News 91-9, CTV)