Burnaby RCMP responds to more than 25 sudden death calls in 24-hour period

BURNABY RCMP on Tuesday urged people to check on loved ones and neighbours as the heatwave bringing record-breaking temperatures continues in Metro Vancouver.

In a 24-hour period since Monday, Burnaby RCMP responded to more than 25 sudden death calls. Although still under investigation, heat is believed to be a contributing factor in the majority of the deaths. Many of the deceased have been seniors.

“Check on your neighbours, check on family members, check on seniors you may know,” said Cpl. Mike Kalanj.

“We are seeing this weather can be deadly for vulnerable members of our community, especially the elderly and those with underlying health issues. It is imperative we check on one another during this extreme heat.”

Burnaby RCMP activated its Extreme Heat Response Plan on Friday, June 25. Additional officers that have been doing proactive patrols to reach vulnerable and unhoused community members to connect them with resources, and provide information about three City of Burnaby cooling locations:

• Edmonds Community Centre (7433 Edmonds Street)
• McGill Library (4595 Albert Street)
• Bob Prittie Metrotown Library (6100 Willingdon Avenue)
“As we see the devastating impact of the heat, we want people to know there are safe and cool places for them to take refuge from this extreme weather,” Kalanj said.