(L-r) Alex Brown, Steve Drescher and Dietrich Rempel prepare to roll Melanie Savage as they take part in a course for First Responders put on at Blackpool firehall last week. Photo by Keith McNeill

Volunteers take First Responders course

Training will allow highway rescue and firefighters to help ambulance paramedics

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.

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