By Keith McNeill
Members of Clearwater and District Highway Rescue, plus firefighters from Little Fort, Blackpool, Clearwater and Blue River have been taking a First Responders course at Blackpool firehall recently.
Training took place Nov. 20-24 while a second contingent trained Dec. 6-8 with instructor Lisa Lipka of East Sooke Fire Department.
The training will allow the volunteers to assist ambulance paramedics at major disaster scenes.
The North Thompson Valley formerly had a First Responders program but it died out a few years ago, said Mike Savage, one of the organizers.