Medical First Responder volunteers (Photo supplied by: St. John Ambulance BC Yukon/Facebook)
The St. John Ambulance Campbell River branch is ready to reopen.
After a three-month shutdown due to COVID-19, local volunteers are returning to support the community starting June 29th.
St. John Ambulance closed branches and paused all community service programs, including therapy dog visits and medical first responder support for community events and activities.
As the province enters Phase 3 of its Restart Plan, the charity’s dedicated volunteers are making a safe comeback.
All volunteers are committed to returning to community service while making sure they follow health and safety guidelines to keep themselves, and those around them safe while they lend a hand (or paw).
“Our volunteers have been preparing for the new reality and all look forward to facilitating the restart of activities in our communities and continuing to do what we do best: helping people when they need it,” said Ross Nichols, Vancouver Island Area Commissioner for St. John Ambulance BC & Yukon.
To request the services of St. John Ambulance volunteers, whether it’s a visit from therapy dogs or trained medical first responders providing first aid for an event, send an email to email@example.com.
Outside of volunteer work, the Campbell River branch is also resuming first aid training.
It’s put a comprehensive COVID-19 plan in place that follows WorkSafeBC guidelines to ensure the safety of all students, instructors, and staff members.
Protocols in place include taking a self-declaration from students and staff upon arrival, requiring students to bring their own pocket mask and non-surgical masks to courses, implementation of physical distancing measures, and enhanced cleaning and sanitizing of all areas.
Registration is currently open with up to ten courses available, including Standard First Aid with CPR and AED use, Emergency First Aid for Community or Industry, and Occupational First Aid.
Anyone can register for training by visiting this website, or by getting in touch with the customer care centre at 1 (866) 321-2651 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
All proceeds from training and product sales directly fund St. John Ambulance’s charitable community service programs.