Posts Written OnApril 2016

“At that time, Sybil never dictated; she suggested. And I always thought that was the beauty of her teaching. In later years when I went to arts school in London, England and did my B.A. in Fine Arts, it was a different method of teaching… we were very, very lucky to have a teacher who basically allowed us to express ourselves, at the same time, being aware of the laws of technique or subject matter. Sybil had a wonderful way of making us aware of composition, colour pattern, light – the necessary ingredients that we needed to produce a successful…

CAMPBELL RIVER FIRE RESCUE Since its wartime creation in 1942 as an all-volunteer department with a single, downtown hall, Campbell River Fire Rescue has grown to a staff of nearly 75 members and volunteers through two halls, seven fire/rescue vehicles and a dispatch centre that provides services across North Vancouver Island. The Campbell River Fire Department was organized in 1942 and consisted of a volunteer firefighting force and one fire hall (Hall No. 1) located at 10th Avenue and the Island Highway. The department went professional in 1966 with the hiring of its first full-time fire chief, and two years…

While the public mainly see and hear the lights and sirens – and assume something is on fire and needs to be put out – and reads about why they were in such a hurry in the local newspaper afterwards, there is a whole lot more to the Campbell River Fire Department than hoses and fire hydrants. The Fire Department provides a wide range of services to the community of Campbell River, the Strathcona Regional District, and three First Nations, including, yes, fire suppression, but also auto extraction, high-angle rope rescue, tower crane rescue and confined space rescue – which are…

The vessel was sinking. The 38-foot Bayliner was taking on water near Discovery Harbour and listing to one side. By the time the four-person Coast Guard crew arrived on scene, the situation was looking dire. “They were sinking,” says Ron Boucher, commanding officer. “We were really close to losing that boat, it was really close.”Applying two pumps to the boat wasn’t enough, even in tandem with a single pump from a barge towing the sinking boat. It took four pumps total – including three of the Coast Guard’s gas-powered devices – and the efforts of the crew to plug some…

Day and night, every day of the year, personnel at 442 Transport and Rescue Squadron stand ready to respond to calls for search and rescue (SAR). It’s a diverse team of pilots, SAR Techs, planners, military and civilian aircraft maintainers and support staff whose professionalism is readily apparent to the casual observer. Each member of the squadron plays a critical role in the never-ending state of high-readiness, which by necessity includes training to maintain competencies and acquire new skills. The primary role of 442 Transport and Rescue Squadron, based at CFB Comox, is the provision of aviation resources in support…

Const. John Clemens of the Campbell River RCMP spent 31 days at the Winter Olympics in Vancouver in 2010 and loved it. But as a member of the Vancouver Island Tactical Team (VITT) he had a very different experience than your average sports fan. Clemens and other VITT members worked 15-hour days, searching all the venues before people got there and dealing with protesters. “I was right in the centre of the protest at the Olympic opening in Vancouver,” he recalled. “We had 300 protesters trying to break the line and go inside and disrupt the opening ceremonies; not many…

If you’re looking for a profession with a predictable, “same-old, same-old” type of work day then being an ambulance paramedic is not for you. Thankfully, that kind of a job doesn’t appeal to the men and woman who respond to accident scenes, medical emergencies or caring for the sick and elderly in our community. “I was looking for something that wasn’t a desk job,” Trevor Melville, a 27-year veteran paramedic, says about when he became a paramedic. Campbell River’s paramedic corp are dynamic, active people who want to make a difference in their community. “You can have an impact in…

Campbell River Search and Rescue (CRSAR) volunteers put in over 9,400 hours last year helping keep our community – and visitors to our area – safe when they venture outside to enjoy our beautiful region. Local machinist Brent Finnerty, who is going into his third year with the organization, put in more than his share of those hours – and he wouldn’t have it any other way. “I love it,” Finnerty says, as he prepares for a Tuesday night training session at the team’s headquarters in Willow Point. “I told my wife when I joined that I was just going to take it…