In 2022, training has been a focus of Canal Flats Fire Rescue.
After a lot of hard work, a lengthy application process and acquiring new equipment, the department officially became a training agency for the Red Cross. The change will allow much of the necessary training for volunteers to be completed in-house.
Leisha Lake, Canal Flats Fire Rescue’s Medical Services Captain, who has 12 years of first aid instructing experience, will be able to conduct courses for members to become certified as a First Responder (FR) or Emergency Medical Responder (EMR).
“This will lower costs and allow us to train on a schedule that makes it attainable for our valuable volunteer members,” explained Fire Chief Zacc Farrell.
Previously most members were trained to the Occupational First Aid Level 3 standard which focuses more on workplace injuries. The FR or EMR certification is industry standard to provide emergency medical care in Canada and a big milestone for the department.
This fall eight members went through the program’s in-house FR course for the first time. After obtaining their Emergency Medical Assistants license in B.C. this brought the department to 12 members who were certified as EMR, FR or Primary Care Paramedic (PCP).
In the new year, another EMR course will be offered to members, ultimately providing a higher level of care to residents and visitors.