Emergency calls

The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen has signed a one-year agreement for 911 service. (Contributed)

Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen renews 911 service contract

One-year agreement supported, with negotiations underway for a further five-year contract

 

Residents who live around Gardom Lake are concerned that an ambulance was not called on March 19, 2021 by a 911 dispatcher for a woman with severe burns. (Contributed)

Lack of 911 response to severe burns leaves Gardom Lake residents worried

Dispatch unable to find Shuswap address so no ambulance called, no response from promised nurse

 

Alexis Coughlan of Abbotsford is questioning why the paramedics took so long and why the firefighters from down the street were not dispatched when her two-year-old son Milo was having a seizure. (Submitted photo)

With a firehall down the street, B.C. mom questions response time for son’s seizure

Alexis Coughlan wonders why firefighters just down the street weren’t called before paramedics

 

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Crisis lines in Interior reached record number of calls in 2020: report

Responders provided 450,000 minutes of support, helping 30,000 in 2020, a record since 2012

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Hands-only CRP has been proven to be far more effective than mouth-to-mouth and is far safer during the COVID-19 pandemic, says Leon Baranowski, B.C. Emergency Health Services paramedic practice leader. (BCEHS stock photo)

CPR during COVID-19: How to save someone’s life without risking your own

Paramedics share tips after civilians perform safe CPR on cardiac arrest patient in B.C. park

Hands-only CRP has been proven to be far more effective than mouth-to-mouth and is far safer during the COVID-19 pandemic, says Leon Baranowski, B.C. Emergency Health Services paramedic practice leader. (BCEHS stock photo)
At around 5:30 a.m. Saturday (Jan. 9) morning, Peachland Fire Rescue responded to a report of a vehicle that had possibly driven into Okanagan Lake, and was sinking. (Phil McLachlan - Capital News)

Peachland fire crews find abandoned vehicle sinking in Okanagan Lake

Crews say the driver drove into the lake Saturday morning, and left before crews showed up

At around 5:30 a.m. Saturday (Jan. 9) morning, Peachland Fire Rescue responded to a report of a vehicle that had possibly driven into Okanagan Lake, and was sinking. (Phil McLachlan - Capital News)
The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen is improving its Emergency 911 network within the Kaleden Volunteer Fire Department response district. (Black Press Media files)

Emergency 911 repeater improvements planned for Kaleden

Upgrade will improve service and expand communication zone

The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen is improving its Emergency 911 network within the Kaleden Volunteer Fire Department response district. (Black Press Media files)
Paramedic Jason Manuel, dressed in PPE, inspects an ambulance at Station 341 on Nov. 30. (Phil McLachlan - Black Press Media)

Second wave, twice the anxiety; Okanagan paramedics reflect on pandemic from the front line

‘I don’t know who that (next) person is going to be, I don’t want it to be me or my family’: Paramedic

Paramedic Jason Manuel, dressed in PPE, inspects an ambulance at Station 341 on Nov. 30. (Phil McLachlan - Black Press Media)
A Jeep SUV burned alongside the Trans-Canada Highway west of Salmon Arm on Aug. 11. (MrHazardous/Youtube)

Video: SUV burns alongside the highway near Salmon Arm

Footage of the burning vehicle was posted to Youtube.

A Jeep SUV burned alongside the Trans-Canada Highway west of Salmon Arm on Aug. 11. (MrHazardous/Youtube)
Lake Country born Peachland paramedic, Quinn Gallacher, helped save the life of a 13-year-old girl who was choking, downtown Penticton. (BCEHS)

‘It’s just my job’: Off-duty Peachland paramedic saves choking girl downtown Penticton

Family vacationing in Penticton assisted by off-duty paramedic, who helps save 13-year-old

Lake Country born Peachland paramedic, Quinn Gallacher, helped save the life of a 13-year-old girl who was choking, downtown Penticton. (BCEHS)
Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue and Shuswap Search and Rescue crews were combing the water off Canoe Beach on Thursday evening, July 23, 2020. (Jim Elliot-Salmon Arm Observer)

Edmonton man, 22, presumed drowned near popular Shuswap beach

RCMP dive team to continue search of water by Canoe Beach

Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue and Shuswap Search and Rescue crews were combing the water off Canoe Beach on Thursday evening, July 23, 2020. (Jim Elliot-Salmon Arm Observer)
Both the RCMSAR and Shuswap Search and Rescue boats were combing the water off Canoe Beach on Thursday, July 23. (Jim Elliot/Salmon Arm Observer)

Emergency crews search water off popular Salmon Arm beach

Two search and rescue boats could be seen combing the shallow water on Thursday, July 23.

Both the RCMSAR and Shuswap Search and Rescue boats were combing the water off Canoe Beach on Thursday, July 23. (Jim Elliot/Salmon Arm Observer)
A landslide damaged a logging road and a water system in Seymour Arm on July 3. (CSRD Image)

Seymour Arm landslide interrupts drinking water to 500 people

The July 3 slide damaged a water system and a logging road.

A landslide damaged a logging road and a water system in Seymour Arm on July 3. (CSRD Image)
Five properties at Gateway Lakeview Resort, 2633 Squilax-Angelmont Rd. have been evacuated and seven more are on evacuation alert as of June 22, 2020 due to an unstable slope. (Google Maps image)                                Five properties at Gateway Lakeview Resort, 2633 Squilax-Angelmont Rd. have been evacuated and seven more are on evacuation alert as of June 22, 2020 due to an unstable slope. (Google Maps image)

Unstable slope puts five North Shuswap properties under evacuation order

Seven additional properties in the Lee Creek area issued evacuation alerts

Five properties at Gateway Lakeview Resort, 2633 Squilax-Angelmont Rd. have been evacuated and seven more are on evacuation alert as of June 22, 2020 due to an unstable slope. (Google Maps image)                                Five properties at Gateway Lakeview Resort, 2633 Squilax-Angelmont Rd. have been evacuated and seven more are on evacuation alert as of June 22, 2020 due to an unstable slope. (Google Maps image)
A toddler in Enderby was airlifted to hospital after suffering serious burns Thursday, May 28, 2020. (Sarah Nikkel photo)

Okanagan toddler airlifted to hospital after suffering serious burns

Vernon’s Advanced Life Support paramedic crew was called to the scene in Enderby Thursday afternoon

A toddler in Enderby was airlifted to hospital after suffering serious burns Thursday, May 28, 2020. (Sarah Nikkel photo)
Salmon Arm firefighters could be seen carrying a stretcher up a steep bank and then to a waiting ambulance at a South Canoe property on Sunday, Feb. 2. (Jim Elliot/Salmon Arm Observer)

Update: Man injured while sledding with kids on Salmon Arm property

Air ambulance called as a precaution but not required.

Salmon Arm firefighters could be seen carrying a stretcher up a steep bank and then to a waiting ambulance at a South Canoe property on Sunday, Feb. 2. (Jim Elliot/Salmon Arm Observer)