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C O M M U N I T Y N E W S M E D I A
Black PressWednesday, November 4, 2015 Mail Agreement #40110541
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The All Sooke Arts & Crafts Christmas Fair eyes a return to the Sooke Community Hall later this month
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In RemembranceRoyal Canadian Legion member Martha Moore sells poppies in front of Coast Capital Credit Union in Sooke Friday. Moores husband was a Second World War veteran. Remembrance Day ceremonies are Nov. 11.
Sooke Fire Rescue responds to medical emergencies when ambulances unavailable
Kevin LairdSooke News Mirror
Changes to protocol have led to slower ambulance response times, says Sookes fire chief.
The B.C. Ambulance Service changed its resource allocation plan, downgrading the response to 74 medical situations from Code 3 to Code 2. Instead of an ambulance being dispatched with lights and sirens, theyre treated as a routine.
Theres logic behind it, but it falls short in rural areas, said Sooke Fire Chief Steve Sorensen.
Sooke was once considered a rural station with two stations and one full-time unit chief. Other paramedics were part-time and available by pager.
With the reallocation, Sooke became part of the Greater Victoria cache of ambulances. Now Sooke is just one station that responds to incidents throughout the region, based on availability.
The result? Ambulances are taking
time to respond and more pressure is being applied to Sooke Fire Rescue firefighters, who respond to medical emergencies when ambulances arent available.
Recently, Sooke firefighters waited more than 50 minutes at a medical call for an ambulance to arrive, and of 54 first responder calls firefighters answered this year, ambulance paramedics took more than 10 minutes to arrive, Sorensen said.
Peter Thorpe, executive director of metro operations for B.C. Ambulance Service, said calls and response times have increased in Sooke over the last three years from 1,012 calls to 1,252 in 2014-15. It takes an ambulance, on
average, nine minutes and 15 seconds to respond on a Code 3 call and 12:14 on Code 2.
I have great empathy for your [fire department]. At the end of the day they do
arrive on the scene first, and on some occasions wait a period of time for an [ambulance] to come, Thorpe said.
The Sooke ambulance station responds to about 2,500 calls a year in the Greater Sooke area. Sooke Fire Rescue answers 1,000 calls and about 45 percent of those are for medical emergencies.
AmbulANce reSpONSe timeS gettiNg SlOwer
We dont mind going on the calls, but when we have to wait 20 minutes for the ambulance to get there thats taking us out of service that much longer.
Steve Sorensen,Sooke fire chief
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Film project highlights Woodside FarmThe oldest
continuously operated Canadian farm west of the Great Lakes is the star of a new film spearheaded by the Sooke Region Historical Society.
The film on Woodside Farm has been progressing for several months with a group of volunteers and recently Sooke Home Hardware signed on as a major sponsor.
Woodside Farm, on Westcoast Road, was settled by John and Ann Muir in 1851.
The Muirs were an enterprising family and were among those that developed the economy of the new colony.
In 1917, the Glinz family took over farming the property and was joined later by the Wilford family. Peter Wilford operates the farm today.
Many individuals connected to the farms history have been interviewed for the documentary film.
Target date for the debut of the film is next September, and it
is hoped the film will herald the beginning of Sookes celebrations to commemorate Canadas 150th anniversary.
Committee members contributing to the film project include: Charlie Glinz, Perth, Australia; Lorne and Lynne Frizzell, Calgary; film-maker Michael Peterson, Metchosin; Beverly Myers, Victoria; and from Sooke Lee Boyko, Ivan Bjornholt, Liz Johnson, Wendal and Wendy Milne, Joan ODonnell, Elida Peers,
Peter and Jeannette Wilford and Ray Vowels.
Sooke RCMP answered only seven calls on Halloween, making it a pretty silent night for ghosts and goblins.
The majority of calls dealt with Halloween revelries leavinghouse parties.
Extra officers were on patrol while children were out trick-or-treating. The detachment was assisted by four officers from the Integrated Road Safety Unit throughout the evening.
Staff Sgt. Jeff McArthur said Sooke RCMP have been busy with a call load which has not slowed in pace since
the summer.Over the past
week, there have
been 140 calls for service and criminal investigations.
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calls on Halloween, making it a pretty
ghosts and goblins.
of calls dealt with Halloween revelries
were on patrol while children were out trick-or-treating. The detachment
week, there have investigations.
For helping to make thisyears event a great success!
to the Safe Halloweenevent sponsors!
Sooke Fire Department, District of Sooke, Rotary Club of Sooke, SEAPARC, Steve
Andersen, Leighanne Georgeson, Western Foods, Pizzability, RE/MAX, Team Smokin Joe Racing, Rock Legacy, Sooke Moving
& Storage and Community Volunteers
See you next year!
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