Iowa #IA | Two more probable cases of #HPAI #H5 #birdflu in #Wright and #Sac counties

The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship is responding to two probable cases of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) in Wright and Sac counties.  The Department has quarantined the premise and once the presence of the disease is confirmed, all birds on the property will be humanely euthanized to prevent the spread of the disease.

Wright 5 - A pullet farm with an estimated 400,000 birds that has experienced increased mortality.  Initial testing showed it positive for H5 avian influenza.  Additional confirmatory testing is pending from the APHIS National Veterinary Services Laboratories (NVSL) in Ames.

Sac 7 – Turkey farm with an estimated 42,000 birds that has experienced increased mortality.  Initial testing showed it positive for H5 avian influenza.  Additional confirmatory testing is pending from the APHIS National Veterinary Services Laboratories (NVSL) in Ames.

As the Department receives final confirmations of the disease updated information will be posted to the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship’s website at www.iowaagriculture.gov/avianinfluenza.asp.

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) and Iowa Department of Public Health considers the risk to people from these HPAI H5 infections in wild birds, backyard flocks and commercial poultry, to be low.  No human infections with the virus have ever been detected and there is no food safety risk for consumers.

 

USDA UPDATE ON DEPOPULATION AND DISPOSAL

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Incident Response reported that several loads of materials were buried Thursday at the Northwest Iowa Landfill near Sheldon, in compliance with criteria approved by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. This is the first deposit of organic materials in a public landfill during this response.   On-site burial, composting, incineration and landfill will all be used as disposal methods in the immediate future to expedite removal.

The incinerator at the Cherokee landfill came online Thursday, with previously staged loads scheduled for incinerated in the immediate future.

 

IOWA CONCERN HOTLINE AVAILABLE TO ADDRESS AVIAN INFLUENZA QUESTIONS

Concerned residents both within and outside the areas affected by avian influenza are encouraged to use the Iowa Concern Hotline at 1-800-447-1985 if they have questions or need disaster counseling. The Iowa Concern Hotline is available 24 hours a day. All calls are free and confidential, and the operators are willing to assist wherever possible.

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach operates the hotline and is partnering with the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, the Iowa Department of Health, Iowa Department of Natural Resources, Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management Department and Egg Industry Council to provide up-to-date information to Iowans about the disease.

 

UPDATE ON ACTIVIES OF STATE GOVERNMENT AGENCIES IN RESPONSE TO AVIAN INFLUENZA

Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship (IDALS)

  • Quarantining all infected sites
  • Subject to facilities implementing nationally approved biosecurity measures, the Dept. permits the movement of materials such as feed and other supplies on and off of infected sites
  • Leading efforts to monitor poultry within a 10-kilometer circle of each infected site
  • Coordinating state communication efforts on the disease
  • Working with federal and state officials to ensure the humane depopulation and disposal of all birds from infected sites
  • Encouraging residents in counties with affected sites that have poultry to contact the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship at BirdFlu@IowaAgriculture.gov or 515-725-1122

Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management Department (HSEMD)

  • Coordinating partial activation of the State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) with several state agencies, including the Iowa Departments of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, Public Health, Natural Resources, Transportation, Public Safety, and the Iowa National Guard. USDA, Iowa Turkey Federation, and Iowa Poultry Association are also present at the SEOC.
  • Providing resource support coordination as requested.
  • Regularly providing information for situational awareness with county emergency management coordinators.
  • Providing support for IDALS communications activities.

Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) – in conjunction with local public health officials

  • Sharing CDC recommendations on the use of personal protective equipment by persons working directly with sick chickens and carcasses.
  • Following up with workers who had direct contact with sick birds without the use of personal protective equipment.
  • Providing sound risk information, making sure the public understands that the virus presents no food safety concern or risk to the general public.

Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR)

  • DNR Air Quality has issued two variances for portable incinerators.  The DNR has also issued a variance for a thermal treatment unit.
  • The DNR’s primary concern is that disposal methods protect surface water, groundwater and air quality and does not result in further spreading of the AI virus
  • Investigating the feasibility and the potential benefits and problems associated with various disposal options including landfilling, composting, incinerating, and burying.
  • Looking at potential criteria for emergency air permits if needed for the incineration process.
  • Working with contacts at several landfills to determine the ability of those operations to take dead poultry as well as being able to wash and disinfect transport vehicles on site.
  • Investigating and maintaining contact with wastewater treatment facilities on the ability to accept and adequately treat leachate  produced by any landfill for the AI virus that may take dead poultry.
  • Developed solid waste acceptance criteria for landfills willing to accept AI infected poultry.
  • Contacted numerous potential sources of wood chips that can be used for composting. The wood chips would be used as part of the composting process.  The DNR has issued several variances to facilities to expand wood chipping capacity.
  • Preparing maps of infected facilities that show quarantine boundaries and to determine the proximity of other poultry operations and neighbors.
  • Investigating the geology involved with operations to determine the optimum potential locations for burial if needed.
  • Working with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to conduct sampling of waterfowl for AI.

Iowa Department of Human Services (DHS)

  • Communicated to the Disaster Behavioral Health Response Team (DBHRT) that volunteers were needed to assist with damage assessment surveying in the northwest region.  Three DBHRT members did volunteer to assist.
  • The Division of Mental Health and Disability Services (MHDS) is responding to requests from Buena Vista and Kossuth counties for mental health support; a plan is being structured in collaboration with businesses in Buena Vista and Kossuth counties.
  • MHDS is in communication with Iowa Concern staff who are taking calls from people with concerns relating to the Avian flu.  If calls are received from people who need additional support, contact will be made to MHDS and a plan will be put in place utilizing either local resources or DBHRT support.

Iowa Department of Transportation (IDOT)

  • Water hauling to assist with USDA operations continues.
  • Districts have applied dust control to gravel shoulders along Highway 3 in Wright County.
  • Provided a routing contact number and establish approved routes for IDALS permitted loads of carcasses up to 90,000 lbs.
  • Assisting the Poultry Association by providing routing to help carriers hauling healthy poultry products to and through the state so they can avoid the infected areas.
  • Created static signs for counties to install notifying haulers of poultry and poultry products of emergency restrictions placed on movements of such materials on select roads. Signs currently have been installed in Dallas, Emmet, and Palo Alto Counties.

Iowa National Guard

  • Supporting mission for IDALS incident command post.

 

Background Information

The United States has the strongest Avian Influenza (AI) surveillance program in the world.  As part of the existing USDA avian influenza response plans, Federal and State partners as well as industry are responding quickly and decisively to these outbreaks by following these five basic steps: 1) Quarantine – restricting movement of poultry and poultry-moving equipment into and out of the control area; 2) Eradicate – humanely euthanizing the affected flock(s); 3) Monitor region – testing wild and domestic birds in a broad area around the quarantine area; 4)  Disinfect – kills the virus in the affected flock locations; and 5) Test – confirm that poultry farms in the area are free of the virus.

The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship in partnership with the Iowa Department of Public Health are working directly with poultry workers at the affected facility to ensure proper precautions are being taken.

These virus strains can travel in wild birds without those birds appearing sick. People should avoid contact with sick/dead poultry or wildlife. If contact occurs, wash your hands with soap and water and change clothing before having any contact with healthy domestic poultry and birds.

All bird owners, whether commercial producers or backyard flock owners, should continue to practice good biosecurity, prevent contact between their birds and wild birds, and report sick birds or unusual bird deaths to state/federal officials, either through their state veterinarian at 515-281-5321 or through USDA’s toll-free number at 1-866-536-7593.

Information will also be posted to the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship’s website at www.iowaagriculture.gov/avianinfluenza.asp.

#China | #HongKong – Update on local response to latest #MERS situation – May 29 2015

The Controller of the Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health, Dr Leung Ting-hung, today (May 29) reported the latest local response to the first confirmed case of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) exported from Korea to Mainland China.

“After the male Korean patient aged 44 was laboratory-confirmed by the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention, we continue with our ongoing epidemiological investigations which started yesterday (May 28) in advance,” Dr Leung said.

As of 6pm today, the CHP’s contact tracing located all 29 close contacts and 11 other contacts of the patient.

(A) Close contacts

Among 158 passengers onboard OZ723 of Asiana Airlines who travelled from Korea and arrived in Hong Kong at around 1pm on May 26, 81 were in the same cabin with the patient, of which 29 were within two rows of the patient and are classified as close contacts.

So far, 18 who were asymptomatic have been located and the CHP is arranging them to be placed under quarantine.

The Lady MacLehose Holiday Village in Sai Kung under the Leisure and Cultural Services Department has been converted to a quarantine centre for the quarantine of asymptomatic close contacts.

The remaining 11 have departed Hong Kong and the CHP has informed relevant health authorities.

(B) Other contacts

Other contacts have been put under medical surveillance and they include:

* Five other passengers onboard OZ723, two of whom with mild respiratory symptoms now hospitalised tested negative for MERS Coronavirus (MERS-CoV). One developed mild symptoms before exposure to the patient and health advice has been given. The remaining two were asymptomatic;
* Regarding the bus (plate number: PJ 2595) which operated by Eternal East Cross-Border Coach Mgt. Ltd. departed at 3pm on May 26 from Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) to Sha Tau Kok, a member of ticketing staff with mild respiratory symptoms now hospitalised tested negative for MERS-CoV, while the driver was asymptomatic;
* One asymptomatic passenger onboard the bus (plate number: HN 5211) of the same operator which departed at 4.46pm on the same day from Sha Tau Kok to Huizhou, Guangdong;
* Two asymptomatic immigration officers at HKIA and Sha Tau Kok Control Point respectively; and
* A nurse at HKIA with mild respiratory symptoms tested negative for MERS-CoV as reported yesterday who has been discharged.

Contact tracing is ongoing with the assistance of the airline and bus operator concerned as well as the Immigration Department.

“We again strongly appeal to passengers onboard OZ723 of Asiana Airlines who travelled from Korea and arrived in Hong Kong at around 1pm on May 26, and those onboard the three vehicles operated by Eternal East Cross-Border Coach Mgt. Ltd. on the same day to call our hotline on 2125 1111 for further assessment or follow-up. It will operate till 9pm today and from 9am to 6pm on May 30 and 31,” Dr Leung said.

In addition, the CHP is closely monitoring two additional MERS cases reported by the health authority of Korea.

The eighth case is a female member of staff in the clinic where the first case was managed while the ninth is an in-patient of the ward to which the first case was admitted.

According to updated information from the health authority of Korea and the World Health Organization (WHO), the first case in Korea attended out-patient clinic from May 12 to 15 and was admitted to hospital on May 15.

“We will maintain close communication with the WHO and the health authorities of Korea and the Mainland. Members of the public and the healthcare sector should heighten vigilance and stay alert to the latest situation,” Dr Leung said.

On the other hand, a meeting of expert panel jointed by the Hospital Authority (HA) and the CHP, which included microbiologist and infection control experts, was convened this afternoon to discuss the contingency measures for handling MERS.

The frontline healthcare staff of Accident & Emergency Departments and General Out-patient Clinics have been alerted to stay vigilant to patients who may have MERS symptoms and are advised to pay special attention to their travel history. The HA also appealed to those who may have MERS symptoms to clearly state their travel history. Isolation wards of public hospitals are ready to receive patients with suspected MERS symptoms and the HA will continue to closely liaise with the CHP to monitor the situation.

#China | #HongKong – #MERS case – 29 close contacts being traced – 12 already identified and quarantined

The Centre for Health Protection is tracing people who may have come into contact with a Korean man infected with the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome virus.

The centre’s Controller Dr Leung Ting-hung told a press briefing this evening that 158 passengers were on board Asiana Airlines flight OZ 723 on May 26. Among them, 80 were in the same cabin, including 29 who were sitting within two rows of the MERS patient.

Dr Leung said that among the 29 people who came into close contact with the man, 12 have been traced – three are Korean and nine are Chinese. They are being sent to a quarantine camp later today for a two week observation period. About 10 people have left Hong Kong.

The centre will start medical surveillance for others who were on the same flight and buses as the patient. He had travelled from Hong Kong International Airport to Huizhou in Guangdong on two buses operated by Eternal East Cross-Border Coach with number plates PJ 2595 and HN 5211.

The centre also discovered that three passengers from the PJ 2595 cross-border bus had transferred to a seven-seater vehicle in Sha Tau Kok.

Secretary for Food & Health Dr Ko Wing-man urged passengers who were on the same flight or bus as the man to come forward for medical assessment.

“I am very concerned about the outbreak of MERS because the transmission (of the disease) has never been stopped since it occurred more than two years ago. Reports of sporadic cases and cluster of cases continue. Under this situation, Hong Kong has never stopped its vigilance as well as the risk management measures that we have applied.

“The most important thing for us now is to concentrate our efforts to search out the passengers on the same flight who have been identified as close contacts. In this regard, I would like to appeal to all passengers on the flight concerned to contact the Centre for Health Protection through its hotline.”

Anyone who may have had contact with the MERS patient should call the hotline at 2125 1111, which will be open until 9pm today.

The centre has issued letters to doctors and hospitals to alert them to the latest situation and urges the public and healthcare sector to heighten vigilance against the disease.

Washington #WA | #ValleyFever #fungus poses new health risk

Public health officials are teaming up to fight a new public health threat in Washington – Valley Fever.

Since discovering the fungus that causes Valley Fever in South Central Washington last year, health officials have been monitoring for disease and conducting environmental testing to determine how widespread the fungus may be.

“This recent discovery is puzzling because there’s a large distance between Washington and other areas of the country where the fungus is found,” said State Health Officer Dr. Kathy Lofy. “It’s important to let our health care community know about the presence of the fungus in Washington, because early diagnosis and treatment of the disease results in better outcomes for patients.”

“Valley Fever” (coccidioidomycosis) is a disease caused by a  pathogenic fungus that grows in soils with specific environmental conditions. The fungus is typically found in the Southwestern United States, as well as parts of Central and South America. Washington  public health officials have tracked down eight local cases from Walla Walla, Benton, Franklin, and Yakima counties during the past five years. Soil samples collected from areas where the people might  have been exposed were sent to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for analysis. The results came back positive for the fungus. Follow-up soil collection also turned up positive results in the same area.

About 60 percent of people who are infected with Valley Fever never develop symptoms. The people who do have symptoms may experience mild flu-like symptoms with fatigue fever, and a cough that may be accompanied by a rash, headache, body aches, night sweats, or shortness of breath. A very small percent of people who become symptomatic may develop serious or long-term problems in their lungs. In even fewer people – about 1 out of 100 – the infection spreads from the lungs to other parts of the body, such as the central nervous system (brain and spinal cord), skin, or bones and joints.

Although the risk in Washington is thought to be very low, anyone can get Valley Fever, even young and healthy people. Those at higher risk for severe illness include people with weakened immune systems, pregnant women, people who have diabetes, people taking chronic corticosteroid therapy, and people of African or Filipino descent. People who work outdoors in jobs that generate a lot of dust may be more likely to be exposed to the fungus.

“We’re still learning about the fungus and its presence in our state, and we’ll continue studying it to better understand who is at risk,” Lofy said. “We’re working closely with our partners in local health agencies and at CDC to carry out studies this year.”

Manitoba #MB | #Winnipeg – Power stretchers continue to reduce risk of injury to #paramedics

New power stretcher systems will soon take away the need for patients to be manually lifted in and out of ambulances, significantly reducing the risk of injury to Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service members.

Following a successful trial in two ambulances, the City of Winnipeg announced today that all City ambulances will now be equipped with power stretcher systems.

“I would like to thank the Manitoba Government for their partnership in our community’s health,” said Councillor Jeff Browaty, Chair of the Standing Policy Committee on Protection and Community Services. “This innovative new tool will be an immensely positive addition to assist our front-line men and women of the Winnipeg Fire Paramedic service to do their important work saving lives in Winnipeg.”

Paramedics experience frequent injuries due to repetitive actions such as lifting, lowering, carrying and bending. The power stretcher system improves paramedic and patient safety by supporting the stretcher throughout the loading and unloading process.

“The Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service is extremely pleased to be able to outfit our entire ambulance fleet with power stretcher systems,” said John Lane, Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service Chief. “These power stretcher systems represent a significant financial investment and it is our hope that this equipment will result in measurable improvement in the injury rates associated with the lifting and handling of patients in the pre-hospital setting.”

The total cost to outfit the ambulance fleet with power stretcher systems is $318,975.00.

Manitoba #MB | 114 #wildfires to date with 14 still active

Manitoba Conservation and Water Stewardship advises that dry, windy conditions in northwest Manitoba have led to the cancellation of all burning permits in the region north of Flin Flon and Sherridon, south to Grand Rapids, west to the Saskatchewan border and east to PTH 6.

In addition, campfires will not be allowed between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. in Bakers Narrows, Wekusko Falls, Grass River and Clearwater Lake provincial parks.

Currently, crews are working to contain fires near the communities of Cormorant and Sherridon in northern Manitoba.

A fire near Cormorant (northwest of The Pas) between Clearwater Lake and Cormorant Lake, is approximately 150 hectares and close to roads and the railway.  Water bombers are being used to address this fire. ‎

A fire near Sherridon, located northeast of Flin Flon, is just north of the community and is approximately 500 hectares.  Water bombers were in use yesterday and remain on standby to address this fire as needed.

Fire damaged the transmission line bringing power to the community of Sherridon, but Manitoba Hydro expects to have power restored today.

As of this morning, six water bombers, 14 helicopters and more than 52 firefighters were working to address forest fires across Manitoba.  Heavy equipment, including bulldozers, is also being used to create firebreaks.  To date, 114 forest fires have been reported this year and 14 remain active.

No open burning is allowed without a permit between April 1 and Nov. 15.  A number of municipalities have implemented burning bans and more are expected to do so in the coming days.  Check with local municipalities for the most up-to-date information on burning bans or other fire restrictions.

Manitobans should always:

  • get a burning permit where required before doing any burning,
  • respect any burning bans put in place by their municipality or community,
  • be careful with any off-road travel by all-terrain vehicles or other motorized vehicles and stay on developed trails, and
  • report any forest or grass fires immediately.

Reporting of wildfires can be done by contacting the forest fire tip line at 1-800-782-0076 (toll-free).

More information on fire prevention and the latest list of municipalities with burn bans is available at www.gov.mb.ca/wildfire/.

Up-to-date wildfire information for mobile devices can be found at www.manitoba.ca, on Twitter at www.twitter.com/MBGovor by calling 1-866-626-4862.

Up-to-date highway information is available at www.mb511.ca, on mobile devices at www.manitoba.ca, on Twitter at www.twitter.com/MBGovRoadsor by calling 511.

Ontario #ON | #Ottawa – Learn how to save a life in two minutes – #CPR

Pop quiz: You’re helping a family member or friend to replace a light fixture. Unknown to you, the DIY enthusiast you’re helping hasn’t turned off the main breaker. Suddenly, there’s a shower of sparks and the person with the screwdriver in their hand falls motionless in front of you. You can’t find a pulse! What do you do?

Find out in just a couple of minutes, this Friday at lunchtime in the ByWard Market.

As part of National Paramedic Week 2015, Ottawa paramedics along with paramedics from ORNGE will be teaching the public what to do in the event of a cardiac emergency by offering a personalized two-minute lesson in basic Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) skills:

Friday, May 29
11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
ByWard Market – at William and York Streets

Aimed at those who have never taken formal CPR training, two-minute CPR is a new approach that teaches participants the basics, including calling 9-1-1, proper hand positioning and the optimal rate and depth of compressions. Participants are advised the training is not a certification course.

Paramedic staff will also be on hand to demonstrate the easy-to-use Automatic External Defibrillator (AED). The Ottawa Paramedic Service manages 900 city-owned AEDs, located in City libraries, recreation centres, arenas, pools, beaches, marked police cars, fire vehicles and OC Transpo security vehicles.

Serving an area of 2,796 square kilometres, Ottawa’s paramedics are the sole medically certified providers of out-of-hospital medical treatment in Ottawa. Paramedic communication officers answer 9-1-1 emergency calls 24/7 to quickly assist residents in need.

In 2014, the Ottawa Paramedic Service trained more than 13,000 people in first aid, CPR and AED including City staff. For more information on CPR and first-aid courses, visit ottawa.ca.

Ontario #ON | 18 #paramedics to receive inaugural Ontario Award for Paramedic Bravery

Eighteen paramedics will receive Ontario’s top honours for their outstanding bravery. 

In an inaugural ceremony, 18 paramedics will be recognized for acts of exceptional courage – performed on the job or off-duty – in the face of grave personal danger.

“Paramedics play a central role on the front lines of Ontario’s health care system. The province’s new Award for Paramedic Bravery not only honours the outstanding bravery of these eighteen paramedics, it also provides us with an opportunity to recognize and thank the thousands of paramedics across the province who serve the public every single day.” – Norm Gale, President of the Ontario Association of Paramedic Chiefs and Chief of Superior North EMS.

The recipients to receive the Ontario Award for Paramedic Bravery include:

  • Paramedics who intervened to assist victims of the Danzig Street and Eaton Centre shootings in Toronto
  • An off-duty paramedic who pulled victims of a capsized boat to safety in the face of metre-high waves and powerful wind gusts
  • Two paramedics who intervened in a violent fight between an undercover police officer and a dangerous suspect
  • An off-duty paramedic who left her own vehicle to single-handedly rescue another driver from a burning car.

The Ontario Award for Paramedic Bravery will be presented annually.

  • In 2012, about 1.3 million ambulances were dispatched and about 970,000 patients were transported in Ontario.
  • In Ontario, there are three levels of paramedics: Primary Care Paramedics, Advanced Care Paramedics and Critical Care Paramedics.
  • Paramedics undertake rigorous pre-service training through a two-year college or university-based training program and are regulated by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.

“I’m proud to honour eighteen outstanding paramedics through Ontario’s new Award for Paramedic Bravery. Paramedics play a critical role in the health and safety of Ontarians, providing life-saving care in highly stressful situations. Today’s awards reflect our recognition of paramedics’ exceptional commitment to their communities and our gratitude for their selfless service.” – Dr. Eric Hoskins, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care

Ontario Award for Paramedic Bravery Recipients:

Operations Superintendent Janice Baine, Paramedic Superintendent David Cooke, Primary Care Paramedic David Melville, Advanced Care Paramedic Mark Painter, Paramedic Glen Gillies and Paramedic Jody Van Schaik-Coulas – Toronto Paramedic Services

On July 16, 2012, repeated gunfire erupted at a community celebration in east-end Toronto, resulting in multiple casualties. The four paramedics and two superintendents who arrived on the scene met a surge of panicked people running down the street. While police searched for the shooters – still at large – the paramedics set up triage and treatment areas, putting their personal safety at risk. When they later learned that a shooter was hiding in their midst, the paramedics discreetly alerted the police, who were able to make an arrest without further injury.

Advanced Care Paramedic Robert J. Bronson and Paramedic Heiko Mueller – Toronto Paramedic Services

On November 4, 2011, during a busy Friday evening rush hour, bystanders watched as two men fought along the street near Danforth and Coxwell Avenues in Toronto. Paramedics Robert Bronson and Heiko Mueller came across this scene and intervened.

They quickly learned that one of the men involved in the fight was an undercover police officer who was attempting to arrest a dangerous suspect. The police officer’s firearm had become unsecured during the scuffle. Bronson and Mueller jumped in and helped the officer detain the suspect until police backup arrived.

Superintendent Anastasios Janetos, Superintendent Joseph Moyer, Advanced Care Paramedic Robert P. Kovacsi, Paramedic Jonathan la Fleur and Paramedic Michael Moran – Toronto Paramedic Services

On June 2, 2012, the Toronto Eaton Centre food court suddenly turned deadly when shots rang out and panicked diners went running for cover. Within a few minutes of the first 911 call, two superintendents and four paramedics were at the scene. These first responders immediately approached the basement-level food court, despite the risk to themselves. As they tended to the wounded – some of whom had life-threatening injuries – the paramedics had to duck for cover to avoid being caught in the continued gunfire.

Advanced Care Paramedic Kyle Laing – Halton Region Paramedic Services

Wind gusts of over 20 knots and metre-high waves turned what should have been a pleasant day of boating into a perilous situation on Friday August 31, 2012. A boat carrying five people had capsized after being flooded by high waves.

Paramedic Kyle Laing and another Halton Region paramedic were off duty and returning to Hamilton Harbour after a day of boating when they spotted the group in danger. Laing repeatedly jumped into the rough water to pull the endangered individuals to safety. Laing’s efforts bought precious time for the Hamilton Police Marine Unit, who subsequently arrived on the scene to provide additional support.

Paramedic Leslie Moore – Toronto Paramedic Services

On October 10, 2011, a car accident left the driver’s side of a vehicle tightly wedged against a concrete wall. The car burst into flames, trapping the lone driver. This was the situation that Paramedic Leslie Moore encountered when he arrived at the accident scene as a single emergency first responder.

Moore quickly grabbed fire extinguishers from his vehicle and worked to subdue the fire until fire fighters arrived. That’s when Moore succeeded in entering the vehicle and removing the patient, who was suffering from burns and smoke inhalation.

Commander Ric Rangel-Bron – Toronto Paramedic Services

While Commander Ric Rangel-Bron was leading a group from the Royal Canadian Air Cadets on a trip in France, he spotted flames coming from the chimney and roof of a nearby house. He called for the bus to stop and, accompanied by two of his peers, ran into the burning house three times to save the endangered individuals inside. Rangel-Bron’s quick action and persistence ensured that everyone safely evacuated the house.

Paramedic Brad Smith – County of Renfrew Paramedic Service

On February 12, 2012, Paramedic Brad Smith responded to an accident scene on Calabogie Lake, where a snowmobiler was stranded in frigid water. Smith quickly spotted a canoe close by on the shore. Using his hands as a paddle, Smith steered the canoe to reach the patient a short distance away. In the meantime, fire and police arrived with a boat and set out to rendezvous with Smith.

During the course of his rescue mission, Smith was pitched into the icy water but continued to put his patient’s needs first.

After a distinguished career with the County of Renfrew Paramedic Service, Smith retired in December 2013.

Paramedic Andrea Szunejko – Peterborough County – City Paramedics

Paramedic Andrea Szunejko was off duty and driving along Highway 7 in Peterborough County on April 22, 2014, when a head-on crash involving two cars occurred directly in front of her. One of the vehicles burst into flames on impact. Szunejko jumped into action and, despite having no protective equipment, single-handedly rescued the driver from the burning vehicle.

Szunejko then turned her attention to the second vehicle, where a driver lay unconscious near the burning car. Working in close proximity to the flames, she directed and assisted the removal of the unconscious patient from the car and away from the danger zone.

 

Quebec #QC | #Montreal – #SSIM – Des employés s’impliquent dans le Défi Gratte-Ciel Scott

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C’est en 2013 que Karine Éthier, chef de section en dotation pompier et état-major au Service des ressources humaines, a pris part au Défi Gratte-Ciel Scott pour la première année.

Accompagnée de 14 employés de différentes sections et divisions du Service de sécurité incendie de Montréal (SIM) et 4 amis, elle sera de retour pour soutenir la cause de Dystrophie musculaire Canada en 2015. Encore une fois cette année, elle sera capitaine de l’équipe « Les toniques pour Erwan ».

« J’ai décidé de m’impliquer à nouveau cette année parce que je crois que cet événement est une excellente façon de se surpasser. Le Défi Gratte-Ciel est unique, urbain et l’argent amassé a un impact direct sur les gens touchés par la maladie. Il s’agit également d’une cause qui me tient à cœur puisqu’Erwan est le fils d’un ami qui fait également partie de l’équipe », souligne Karine Éthier.

Qui est Erwan?

Âgé de 6 ans, Erwan est atteint d’amyotrophie spinale, une forme de dystrophie musculaire. Son père, Manouane Beauchamp, participera également au défi pour la deuxième année.

« Lorsque nous avons appris qu’Erwan était atteint d’amyotrophie spinale, Dystrophie musculaire Canada a été la première à fournir de l’équipement pour Erwan. C’est un peu une façon pour moi de leur remettre une partie de ce qu’ils nous ont donné », souligne M. Beauchamp.

L’argent amassé lors de cet événement permet également de financer la recherche afin de trouver un remède à la maladie. « On connait comment guérir les gens atteints de dystrophie musculaire, ce qu’il manque, c’est le chemin pour s’y rendre. Il faut trouver un moyen de modifier la structure génétique », ajoute M. Beauchamp. Selon M. Beauchamp, le Défi Gratte-Ciel Scott est une excellente façon de sensibiliser la population à la maladie.

Les toniques pour Erwan

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Quebec #QC | #Montreal – Invitation : journée portes ouvertes à la #caserne65 le 6 juin 2015

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Une journée portes ouvertes aura lieu à la caserne 65, située au 1300, avenue Dollard, dans l’arrondissement de LaSalle, le 6 juin prochain.

À cette occasion, la caserne sera, pour la 9e année consécutive, le théâtre de nombreuses activités familiales et communautaires organisées dans le cadre d’une collecte de fonds annuelle au profit de Opération Enfant Soleil.

Cette collecte de grande envergure proposera aux visiteurs de nombreuses activités gratuites, jeux et ateliers de sensibilisation. Jeux gonflables, mascotte, maquillage, table à dessin, tours de camion, démonstrations, animation, spectacle et plus encore seront mis en place pour les petits comme les grands. Un dîner hot-dog sera organisé et les visiteurs pourront en profiter en échange d’une contribution volontaire.

Après avoir reçu il y a 9 ans la visite de Cédrick Deschenes, jeune garçon atteint du cancer des sinus, les pompiers de la caserne 65 se sont donné pour mission de s’impliquer dans la cause des enfants malades. En 8 ans et grâce à la générosité de tous, ils ont pu remettre près de 200 000$ à Opération Enfant Soleil.

L’événement aura lieu beau temps, mauvais temps. Familles, visiteurs et collaborateurs sont attendus le samedi 6 juin entre 8 h et 16 h à la caserne 65.

Pour accéder à la page Facebook de l’événement, cliquez ici.

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