On the scene, ambulance paramedics have a truckful of specialized equipment they can use. Most ambulances have one main stretcher, three spinal immobilization devices, defibrillators, oxygen tanks, diagnostic equipment, thermometers, pulse oximeters, glucometer and blood pressure monitoring. Paramedics provide early intervention to those who are too ill or injured to make their own way to the hospital is that critical. Campbell River paramedics respond to an average of 5,500 calls in a year. The Campbell River ambulance branch has a staff of 41, with nine of those being full-time paramedics and the rest working part-time. A typical schedule for the…

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…

♦ Week 1: Get a large portable container with a lid to use as an emergency kit, preferably with wheels. Choose an accessible location for the container near an exit and label the container. Make sure all family members know what it will be used for and where it is. ♦ Week 2: Stock your kit with at least a seven day supply of water for every family member and your pets. It is best to plan for four litres of water per person, per day—two for drinking and two for food preparation and hygiene. You might consider the addition of water…

    Popping the Question A marriage proposal is a couple’s first official step toward the altar. Tradition dictates that men pop the question, with their surprised and hopefully soon-to-be-fiancées ultimately deciding if wedding bells will be on the horizon. Although that tradition isn’t as ingrained as it once was. More on that shortly. Proposing marriage can be nerve wracking. However, if the time seems right and love is in the air, popping the question can be exciting. Regardless of who is proposing marriage, the following strategies can help make proposals memorable and successful. Turn the tides An old Irish…

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Photo: www.ErinWallis.com What’s the deal with toasting, anyway? A toast is a drink raised in the health or honour of someone. Such salutes are typically accompanied by some heartfelt words or tokens of advice. Toasts are a common component of social gatherings, including retirement parties, milestone birthdays and weddings. Toast of the town It’s difficult to pinpoint who originated the practice of toasting. Several ancient societies would raise a glass in honour of deities or special guests. Ancient Greeks offered libations to the gods as a part of ritualistic practices and also as a point to drink to each other’s good…

The Coast Discovery Inn, conveniently located in downtown Campbell River, features the elegant Quadra/Cortes Ballroom, which accommodates up to 120 people for your wedding reception. Our Red Seal Chef has a wide selection of menu options from which you may choose. Understanding that you may have guests who have dietary restrictions, we also have the flexibility to incorporate adaptations into your menu. Casual or formal, plated or buffet, you select the meal, the settings and the presentation. Then, setup to clean up, we take care of the rest. The per person price for dinner includes having our professional, uniformed staff…

Photo: www.ErinWallis.com Wedding invitations do more than merely announce that a celebration is on the horizon. Invitations provide key information about the ceremony and festivities to follow. Many details, including the location, time and date of the wedding, are spelled out on the wedding invitations. However, invitations can sometimes leave guests confused about the appropriate style of attire for the occasion. Even though wedding invitations rarely offer specific information regarding attire, chances are the wording will provide clues that can help guests interpret the desired dress code. If the invitation mentions casual attire, it’s important to realize that everyday casual…

Photo: www.ErinWallis.com Couples engaged to be married have a lot on their plates as they begin planning their weddings. Whereas tradition once demanded parents of the bride pay for a couple’s wedding, nowadays more and more engaged couples are completely or partially financing their own nuptials. That means prospective brides and grooms must develop wedding budgets that won’t ensure their first act as Mr. and Mrs. is paying down debt. A recent online study found that many couples still receive substantial financial support from their parents. The survey found that on average, the bride’s parents contributed 44 per cent of…