Rescue Squad already looking to the future

By Geoff Lee

January 10, 2017 10:28 AM

Armed with a new life-saving tool, Squad plans to raise funds for more

It’s business as usual for the Lloydminster Rescue Squad heading into 2017 and, with any luck, the New Year will be comparable to the last, according to deputy chief Brandon King.
One thing the squad is looking forward to, however, is the purchase of a new combi-tool, which will be bought with funds from last year’s donation by the 100 Men Lloydminster group.
The new tool encases the spreaders, or Jaws of Life, and also has cutting capabilities, making it a versatile tool for the squad’s arsenal.
“We’re still waiting on the manufacturer to get us in for a demo; obviously we don’t want to purchase something we’ve never played and pushed to the limit, but we are in talks with the one company and we’re looking at getting the demo once it’s across the border here,” said King.
“Within a couple weeks we’re going to see the demo side of the tool and then if we yay or nay the combi-tool from that company, we’re going to look at, within a month, having our own I think.”
King also said it’s almost time to get motivated in organizing this year’s Sirens and Sapphires gala, which takes place in the fall, and other than the yearly promise of awesome food and entertainment, no other specific details have brought to the table yet for the event.
Coming up in May the Rescue Squad will partner with Boundary Ford for a Test Drive Your Ride event, where for every person who test drives a vehicle, the dealership will donate an amount of money to the squad.
“They’ve done them with the schools and stuff like that, so every test drive they do that day, they donate the money to the organization, so we’re hoping to have a big turn out for that,” King said.
The year of 2016 was a year of change for the organization, seeing it move from its downtown location to the Musgrave building, before finally settling in the Britannia Fire Department’s location, where they now share a home with the firefighters.
“We struck a deal with Britannia as far as funding earlier in the year, we had been in talks with them, and they said they’d like to see us housed in the same building as their fire department, so we tossed the idea around and we decided just at the end of the year to move over here,” he said.
“It gives us a little more office space, a little more room and plus it gives us the ability to work hand in hand helping out the fire department and vice versa.”
Some of last year’s other highlights were the squad’s drone project, which was paid for with funds raised at the 2016 gala, as well as a donation from Farm Credit Canada, and King said the drone itself is a big success for the group
The drone has thermal imaging capabilities, which helps the Rescue Squad find people in the dark, or other locations where a victim may be obscured and hard to see with normal vision.
But probably the biggest highlight for last year, though, was the fact that the group didn’t have to deal with a single fatal accident.
“Which I’m more than happy about,” King said. “So that was a good end to the year.”

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