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Request for Medical Equipment

Dear Gabriola,

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Gabriola Volunteer Fire Department as well as some of the other emergency services (Excluding BCAS) on the island are sending out a request for any personal protective equipment such as N95 surgical Masks to be donated to emergency personal. We are running low on vital supplies that keep our responders and health care workers safe. The normal means for us to order these supplies are extremely backed up due to high demand and shortages all over the world. If you have some personal protective equipment that you are willing to part with please contact our office at (250) 247-9677

Things we are looking for are, (in order of most importance to least)

-N95 Surgical Masks
-Gloves
-Surgical Gowns
-Safety Glasses
-Face shields
-Hand Sanitizer

Thank you for your continued support Gabriola, we are so proud to serve this wonderful community.

Open Burning Ban in Effect

Important  announcement regarding open burning on the island.  Under the directive of the RDN, the Gabriola Volunteer Fire Department has now implemented a complete ban on all open burning. This is due to the current COVID-19 health emergency and air quality concerns for those that may be affected. This ban is effective immediately and you will see all the “No Fire” signs up around the island by the end of the day.

Exemptions from the open burning ban are cooking fires and wood stoves to heat your homes. We thank you for your continued support and compliance during these difficult times. We will get through this, together.

Letter From the Fire Chief COVID-19 Updates for Gabriola Island

Dear Gabriola Island community, over the last few weeks our community and our world has been facing extreme challenges in order to fight the spread of COVID-19. Though we have not been as active on social media of late, it does not mean we haven’t been working round the clock to provide the safest care we possibly can for our community and our firefighters. We just wanted to take a moment to reassure you that the department and the other emergency services have taken extreme measures in order to protect the community and our members from the spread of COVID-19.

As of March 17th our department was divided into three platoons. These platoons work one week on and then are off for two weeks to quarantine before their next shift. This was implemented in order to insure that if one platoon is exposed to COVID-19 the whole department will not have to be quarantined and out of service.

At the beginning of March a COVID-19 Emergency working group was created with representatives from each emergency service on the island. This group involves, the Gabriola Volunteer Fire Department,  Gabriola Medical Clinic, BC Ambulance Service, RCMP, Home Care support, and Gabriola Emergency Social Services. The group is in constant communications with each other about the developing situation involving COVID-19, and  is working hard together to craft emergency response plans for our community.

The directives we are taking are directly from the Vancouver Island Health Authority as relayed to us via the RDN. If there are any urgent updates or communications that the members of the community need to know about it will be sent out via the RDN Emergency Program. If you haven’t signed up for these alerts yet please go to https://rdnemergency.connectrocket.com and do so as soon as possible.

Oh behalf of the GVFD I want thank our community for its continued support during this difficult time. I also want to take a moment to thank our incredible volunteers and their families for their continued service and sacrifice in this difficult time. We will all get through this, together.

Sincerely,

Fire Chief Will Sprogis

Overdose? We’ve got Naloxone!

If you’d been at the firehall on Tuesday night, you would have seen most of our first responders, and a lot of syringes.

We were learning to administer injections of the drug called Naloxone. After completing our training and passing our exams, we are now licensed by BC Emergency Health Services to administer Naloxone when it is needed to reverse the effects of an opioid overdose.

So if your neighbour has taken too much of an opioid painkiller, or if somebody down the block took heroin or fentanyl and cannot be roused, Naloxone can be part of what saves that person’s life.

Know CPR? Please volunteer to help!

When somebody near you needs cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), can you help? If so, please volunteer to be a GoodSAM responder.

GoodSAMApp is a network of Smartphone Activated Medics. Doctors, nurses, paramedics, firefighters, and all CPR-certified first aiders are invited to become responders within this system. To volunteer, start by downloading the GoodSAM Responder app for your smartphone. Select the link you need:

Then you head over to goodsamapp.org and click the “I am a” link on the navigation bar. Select the category that desribes your skill level, like First Aider. You’ll be asked to upload a photo of your CPR or medical credentials for verification. Choose GoodSAM as your verifying organization. They’ll check your credentials, then approve your application.

Once GoodSAM approves you as a responder, the GoodSAM Responder app will keep tabs on your location through your phone’s geo-location features. If somebody near you goes into cardiac arrest or has some other life-threatening emergency, you can be dispatched by GoodSAM to help. Once activated, the system will send the three nearest GoodSAM responders to the scene, so that they can perform essential life-saving tasks before offical responders arrive. For the patient, this can mean the difference between a good outcome and a bad one.

On Gabriola we have fire department first responders, and BC Ambulance paramedics. They are sent to medical emergencies. But it takes us time to get to the patient, and what if you’re just around the corner or down the street? If you’re nearby and you know what to do, it makes sense to send you first. And this is what the GoodSAM program can do.

So please, install the app and sign up if you can help. If you’re qualified and need assistance getting the app onto your cell phone, let us know and we’ll help you get sorted out.

For lots more information about the GoodSAMapp, see goodsamapp.org. The six minute video there gives a good overview of the program. We have a GoodSAMapp page on our website, too.

You’ll be hearing more about the GoodSAMapp in the next while. Please help us spread the word about this life-saving network. We want to have dozens of certified responders on Gabriola, and we need your help to achieve that.

Flashing Lights

Have you ever noticed one or more vehicles approaching with their 4 way flashers on?  These are firefighters, ambulance parmedics, or local doctors responding to a callout, and requesting permission to get past you.

Flashing lights do not give anyone permission to exceed the speed limit, or to drive recklessly, and hopefully no one does, but the sooner they can get to their destination the sooner someone in an emergency situation will get the attention they need.

If you see a vehicle with flashing lights approaching, please allow that driver to safely pass, and hopefully everyone will have a better day.