Horsefly Volunteer Fire Dept. members take Ice Rescue Technician Certificate training.

Horsefly Volunteer Fire Dept. members take Ice Rescue Technician Certificate training.

Horsefly Volunteer Fire Dept. members take to icy waters to hone ice rescue skills

Training was identified as a priority due to high recreational use in the area and past close calls

Ten members of the Horsefly Volunteer Fire Department (HVFD) obtained Ice Rescue Technician Certificate of Completion on Feb. 13 and 14, 2021.

The course was taught by Jordan Thompson of Raven Rescue to the NFPA1670 standards. Members learned techniques which were then put into use in Horsefly Lake. It was an excellent course which compliments the Swift Water Rescue Technician course taken in June 2020.

The entire training program was made possible by a Community Gaming Grant from the Province of British Columbia. The HVFD felt these courses were a priority because of the high recreational use in the area and past close calls.

Ice Rescue Technician Certification was awarded to: Linda Bartsch, Heather Beaman, Julie Caron, Marc Caron, Steven Hoessl, Gary Isaac, Ben Morhart, Cecil Morhart, Kevin Wilson and Hannah Yahnke.

Wildland Firefighter Level 1

HVFD provided in-house training to 15 members so they could obtain certification WSPP-WFF1 from the Office of the Fire Commissioner. This will allow members to be deployed to assist the Fire Centre in interface fires. HVFD also has a structure protection crew that was trained for structure protection in 2020 and has a Level 2 structure protection trailer.

Wildland Firefighter Level 1 Certification was awarded to: Linda Bartsch, Heather Beaman, Julie Caron, Marc Caron, Judy Hillaby, Steven Hoessl, John Hollan, Gary Isaac, Tracy Janzen, Ben Morhart, Cecil Morhart, Katherine Rempel, Kevin Wilson, Hannah Yahnke and Rosetta Yahnke.

In 2021 the Horsefly Volunteer Fire Department is hoping to obtain more vehicle extraction certifications. HVFD thanks their members for all their hard work and dedication to these extra courses on top of their firefighter and first responder training.

Marc Caron is chief of the Horsefly Volunteer Fire Department

Cariboo

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

 

(Linda Bartsch photo)

(Linda Bartsch photo)

(Linda Bartsch photo)

(Linda Bartsch photo)

Just Posted

This Dec. 2, 2020, file photo provided by Johnson & Johnson shows vials of the COVID-19 vaccine in the United States. (Johnson & Johnson via AP)
Interior Health notes 80 new COVID-19 cases over the weekend

108 people in the region have died from the virus

The Fraser River is seen west of Williams Lake from Doc English Bluff Ecological Reserve. (Rebecca Dyok photo)
Tsilhqot’in National Government appeals Gibraltar Mines’ permit to discharge into Fraser River

Permit amendments fail to adequately protect the environment and human health, says TNG

The Horsefly Community Hall will be the site of a mobile vaccine clinic March 19, 2021. (Angie Mindus photo - Williams Lake Tribune)
Six COVID-19 vaccine clinics to open in Cariboo Chilcotin

100 Mile, Alexis Creek, Big Lake, Horsefly, Williams Lake and Tatla Lake

A Williams Lake area family living on Knife Creek Road lost everything to a house fire on Wednesday, March 3. (Photo submitted)
House fire destroys rural family home south of Williams Lake

The Macdonalds built their home on Knife Creek Road about 30 years ago

A special committee has been appointed to look at reforming B.C.’s police act and is inviting the public to make submissions until April 30, 2021. (Black Press media file)
Public input sought for B.C.’s police act review

Submissions will be accepted until April 30

(The Canadian Press)
‘Worse than Sept. 11, SARS and financial crisis combined’: Tourism industry in crisis

Travel services saw the biggest drop in active businesses with 31 per cent fewer firms operating

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Montreal Canadiens right wing Paul Byron (41) fights for control of the puck with Vancouver Canucks defenceman Quinn Hughes (43) during first period NHL action in Vancouver, Monday, March 8, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Captain Clutch: Horvat nets shootout winner as Canucks edge Habs 2-1

Vancouver, Montreal tangle again on Wednesday

Cottonwoods Care Home in Kelowna. (Google Maps)
New COVID-19 outbreak at Kelowna care home includes fully vaccinated seniors: Henry

Two staff and 10 residents tested positive at Cottonwoods Care Centre

Excerpts from a conversation between Bria Fisher and the fake truLOCAL job. Fisher had signed a job agreement and was prepared to start work for what she thought was truLOCAL before she learned it was a scam. (Contributed)
B.C. woman warning others after losing $3,000 in job scam

Bria Fisher was hired by what she thought was a Canadian company, only to be out thousands

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix provide a regular update on the COVID-19 situation, B.C. legislature, March 2, 2020. (B.C. government)
B.C.’s COVID-19 cases: 545 Saturday, 532 Sunday, 385 Monday

Focus on Prince Rupert, Lower Mainland large workplaces

Rising accident rates and payout costs have contributed to billion-dollar deficits at ICBC. (Comox Valley Record)
B.C. appealing decision keeping ICBC injury cases in court

David Eby vows to ‘clip wings’ of personal injury lawyers

(Black Press Media files)
Hosts charged, attendees facing COVID fines after Vancouver police bust party at condo

Police had previously received 10 complaints about that condo

Most Read