Hudson’s Hope Fire Rescue will begin providing medical first responder services within the District of Hudson’s Hope on June 23rd 2018. This new service will see District fire fighters assisting BC Ambulance staff in the provision of timely and high-quality pre-hospital care to residents and visitors of our municipality.
Fire department responders are required to complete approximately 40 hours of training, pass written and practical exams prior to receiving their license from the BC Emergency Medical Assistant Licensing Branch, and comply with the Emergency Health Services Act and the Emergency Medical Assistant Regulations. Fire department responders are also bound by the same Code of Ethics as other Emergency Medical Assistants within the province of British Columbia.
There are currently approximately 300 departments in British Columbia providing this service.
First Responders will be endorsed to provide a number of services including:
• cardiopulmonary resuscitation;
• basic wound and fracture management;
• maintenance of airways and ventilation;
• use of airway management techniques including oropharyngeal airways, oral suction devices and oxygen-supplemented mask devices to assist ventilation;
• use of an automatic or semi-automatic external defibrillator;
• cervical collar application and spinal immobilization on a long spine board;
• administration of oxygen;
• administration of oral glucose;
• emergency childbirth;
• and ventilation using pocket mask and bag/valve/mask devices.
Fire department responders will always respond in conjunction with BC Ambulance Service, and will be simply another step in the pre-hospital care continuum. First responders will not transport patients, and will be under the direction of BC Ambulance staff when both agencies are on scene.
If you have any questions regarding this new service please feel free to contact the Director of Protective Services Robert Norton at (250) 783-9901 for further information.
The District of Hudson’s Hope in conjunction with its emergency response providers is committed to ensuring the safety, security, and well-being of residents and visitors alike. Emergency response services within the District are provided by the RCMP, BC Ambulance, and Hudson’s Hope Fire & Rescue Service.
Emergency Preparedness Information
Each year, thousands of people face emergency situations that could change their lives forever. Don’t be caught off-guard. Know the hazards in your area and take the time to assemble your family emergency kit.
During an emergency, you and your family could be on your own for an extended period of time. Emergency services may not be readily available, as increasing demands are placed on responders. It may take emergency workers some time to get to you as they help those in most critical need. As well, access to phones, gas, water, sewer and electrical services may be cut off. Learning how to be personally prepared is vital.
Take a minute and watch the following video which briefly shows how to utilize an AED (automated external defibrillator). They are located at a variety of locations throughout the District including the following public locations:
- HH School
- HH Library
- Silver Willows
For more information on how to use an AED contact your local First Aid course provider.
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