Crews from the BC Ambulance Service treat victims of Sunday's emergency response exercise

Mock disaster tests North Island emergency responders

Drill simulating overturned bus on highway brings in RCMP, fire, ambulance and hospital crews and Canadian Rangers from Port Hardy, Port McNeill and Port Alice.

The North Island’s emergency services providers were put to the test Sunday with a mock disaster that brought in resources from Port Alice, Port Hardy and Port McNeill and utilized hospital staff in both Port Hardy and Port McNeill.

The emergency response exercise started with the “crash” of a school bus carrying 24 students, played by members of Port McNeill’s Junior Rangers program. The decommissioned bus was placed on its side on the road behind the old Keogh Generating Station, located between Port McNeill and Port Hardy, and was designed to simulate a crash on Highway 19.

An RCMP officer was first to arrive, quickly followed by members of the Port McNeill, Port Hardy and Port Alice fire departments. The ‘victims’, sporting garishly effective makeup and wailing for help or drifting in a daze, were extracted from the overturned bus and treated by both fire department and BC Ambulance Service personnel.

They were then taken for further treatment to both Port Hardy and Port McNeill hospitals.

The actions of all responders were graded by evaluators wielding clipboards and a videocamera. The exercise will be fully evaluated in the coming weeks, said Chuck Lok, the North Island’s Emergency Program Coordinator.

“Overall, it was my observation that it was very efficient and everything flowed together well,” Lok said. “There are always issues with communications when you’ve got people from different departments using radios set on different frequencies, and that’s something we’re going to have to take a look at.

“It’s one of these advantages of living in a small community; we work well together. Overall, the whole thing progressed very well and smoothly.”

 

Just Posted

PRACC Chair Fred Robertson happy with how windmill blade display turned out

“Rotary really stepped up, which was excellent.”

Island Foods renovates bottle depot and cans old bottle return system

“I don’t want people to spend the whole day here,” said Angela Taylor on Port McNeill’s bottle depot.

Yukon man facing new attempted murder charge in Port Alice exploding mail case

Leon Nepper, 73, is now facing one charge each of aggravated assault and attempted murder

Seeing double, the trials and tribulations of twins

BIG READ: Three Vancouver Island mothers share their experiences with multiple births

Sointula Resource Centre to hold fundraising play

The play will “grab people’s attention” says Stephanie Rockman.

Conservation officer frees B.C. deer from flotation gear mishap

BC Conservation Officer Service is reminding residents to keep backyards clear of entanglements

Lions earn stunning 35-32 OT win over Ticats

Epic comeback lifts B.C. past Hamilton in CFL thriller

Czarnik nets 3 as Flames dump Canucks 5-2

Calgary picks up exhibition win over Vancouver

Ottawa to name new ambassador for women, peace and security, Freeland says

Chrystia Freeland also confirmed Canada would spend about $25 million to fund number of initiatives

‘A little bright spot:’ Ottawa residents rescue dog trapped beneath rubble

Freelance journalist says rescue of a dog trapped under rubble was happy ending amid chaos in Ottawa

B.C. deaf community wants different sign languages on federal accessibility act

Advocates also want Indigenous Sign Language to be recognized on the Indigenous Language Act

VIDEO: B.C.-born firefighter remembered by MP in emotional speech

Family asks first responders to look after one another in wake of suicide, growing concerns of PTSD

Airline has ‘close call’ with drone while en route to B.C. airport

Jazz Aviation reported the drone sighting near Vancouver to the RCMP and Transport Canada

Tragic accident claims life of B.C. toddler

Fundraising effort has been created to help mom and family

Most Read