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Interview with Cortes Island’s new Interim Fire Chief

(Transcript of the radio program, with edits)

Eli McKenty had been Cortes Island’s Interim Fire Chief for 15 days when I interviewed him. He was actually the Department’s preferred choice as Fire Chief five months ago, but turned the job down, so they hired someone from Alberta. After five months of a six month trial period, the Cortes Island Fire Department came to the conclusion that ‘aspects of Dave Ives’ leadership style were at odds with the culture of our fire department’ and he was dismissed. McKenty agreed to be the Fire Chief until they can find a replacement. 

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The paramedic situation on Cortes and Quadra Islands

There have been numerous reports of BC ambulances being understaffed recently. According to Prince Rupert Northern View, the Bella Coola ambulance was only in service for 52% of July. Quadra Island volunteer firefighter Marc Doll recently informed Cortes Currents there are times when no paramedics are available on Quadra and ‘any firefighter that currently has a class four license is basically being put on standby because they no longer have the ability to have two people scheduled to keep the ambulance going.’ After receiving a couple of anonymous tips on Cortes Island, Cortes Currents asked BC Emergency Health Services (BCEHS) for an update on the local situation. 

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Access to contraceptives on Cortes Island: nurse discusses options

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Cortes Island is a rural community with limited access to medical care and supplies, including contraceptives. The Cortes Ambulance Station 169, the Klahoose Health Centre and Cortes Health Centre work in cooperation to stock orange boxes affixed outside of public buildings on Cortes that offer free supplies and are accessible 24/7. Inside the box there are female and male condoms, lube and naloxone kits.

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Harm reduction efforts expand locally with naloxone kit distribution and training

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Tamara McPhail, one of two community paramedics for the Cortes Ambulance, Station 169, is currently offering education sessions on drug use and harm reduction and facilitating the distribution of naloxone kits on Cortes Island.

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Support for Rural Paramedics improved but SRD wants to meet with BCEHS

The outlook for rural ambulance services within the Strathcona Regional District (SRD) has greatly improved, several directors agreed. Others require more information. 

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