RCMSAR Station 106 had the opportunity to be on display at the Carlin Country Market (Carlin School in Tappen) on Saturday, May 28th. Much interest was gathered from our display which included our rescue boat and Bobbie the Safety Boat. The kids loved to see inside the boat and interact with Bobbie!
Copper Island Diving has donated a training mannequin to our station. This training mannequin is a great asset as it is real life in weight which gives the crew a sense of what it takes to rescue someone from the water. The mannequin has quickly been named “CID” for Copper Island Diving. Many thanks to Paul Downie, owner of Copper Island Diving for his support of RCMSAR 106 – Shuswap.
RCMSAR 106 was recently recognized by the Sicamous Chamber of Commerce for outstanding Community Service. RCMSAR 106 was selected from quite a number of other well deserving nominees. Thank you Chamber of Commerce for this recognition.
RCMSAR 106 supported the Waterways Music Concert at the Narrows on Shuswap Lake Saturday, May 21st with a vessel patrol in the area. BC Ambulance Paramedic Jim Willis accompanied the crew of Rob Sutherland, Kurt Mushmanski, Dave Harvey and Bruce Weicker. They stopped to visit many of the houseboats in the area to distribute a pamphlet about emergency services in case of need and encourage safe boating practices.
On Friday, Bruce Weicker on behalf of RCMSAR 106 attended the Knights of Columbus (Council 7107) Charities Recognition afternoon. A cheque in the amount of $500.00 was presented to our Station for use of equipment up grading and other projects. We are grateful for the recognition and donation from the Knights as we continue to provide emergency services to people on Shuswap Lake as well as water/boating safety activities in the Shuswap area.
Under the leadership of BC Ambulance Unit Chief (Sicamous) Kathy Crandlemire members of RCMSAR 106 (Shuswap) reviewed and practiced extracting victims from the upper levels of houseboats and from tight quarters. Thanks to Kathy’s paramedics Jim Willis and Donovan Rota for assisting with the training. This is but one example of the continual training RCMSAR members under take.
RCMSAR 106 (Shuswap) participated in a Joint Services Exercise on Saturday, May 14th. Other services included Shuswap Search and Rescue, Vernon Search and Rescue, Fire Services from most regions in the CSRD, BC Ambulance Service, RCMP, Eagle Valley Road and the Ministry of Environment. Arranged through the Columbia Shuswap Regional District’s Shuswap Emergency Program in conjunction with Waterways Houseboats and the District of Sicamous the exercise proved that we have many great protection services able to work together. Kudos to Cliff Doherty, Manager of Emergency Services for CSRD, for his leadership in bringing this exercise together.
Recently a vessel from the Vernon Safety Station was transferred to RCMSAR 106 (Shuswap). The open cabin Boston Whaler gives Shuswap Station an added resource for training, boat inspections and support for the main rescue boat. Following an inspection and some maintenance, the “new to us” vessel will be put into service.
RCMSAR 106 has developed its own water safety program for school students in grades two and three. The program features Bobbie the Safety Boat and her Six Rules for Boating and Water Safety. At the end students will learn how to choose the right size pfd and wear it properly.
Four schools in the District are participating in the program this year with the expectations the program will be available to all schools next year. The four participating schools are Parkview elementary in Sicamous, North Canoe Elementary, South Broadview Elementary and Carlin Elementary~Middle School.
Accolades to the School District for supporting this program.
Our program to make loaner pfds available to kids at the most used public boat launches on the Shuswap has taken a major step forward with donations from Salmar Communicty Association, the Shuswap Community Foundation, Bayview Homes (Sicamous) and the Shuswap Watershed Council. Kiosks for Canoe Beach in Salmon Arm, Sicamous Boat Launch and Shuswap Lake Provincial Park are currently under construction and expect to be operational before the summer.
This is a sample of the kiosks being constructed for Shuswap Lake.