Lake Cowichan Fire Department practice river rescue techniques on the Cowichan River.

LCFD river rescue training

LCFD working hard to ensure that they are prepared to perform river and lake rescues.

The Lake Cowichan Fire Department has been working hard on all levels to ensure that they are prepared to perform river and lake rescues.

Throughout the summer, they could be seen in different locations along the Cowichan River practicing skills learned through instructors at Rescue Canada, an international accreditation agency, and through online courses through the same agency.

The department has recently undertaken a fundraising campaign that they hope will eventually see the purchase of a 12 foot, hard hull Zodiac boat and related rescue equipment that would be used in rescue situations.

The department has already secured much of the equipment needed for river rescue situations, including dry suits, boots, swift water helmets, three types of life vests, and throw bags used for throwing line from the shore to individuals in distress.

Some of this equipment was secured at minimal cost, or for free, through the courses taken through Rescue Canada.

The department needs to raise $25,000 for the boat, which would include the boat, trailer and engine. Knott estimates that it will take two or three years to raise the funds needed. Donation jars have been placed at locations around Lake Cowichan, and are especially prominent at the tills at Country Grocer.

“A boat is a safer way to operate [in river rescue situations] . . . we’ve certainly used one over the years many times, borrowing and using our own stuff and we should be practicing what we preach. Some of the stuff we’ve borrowed was not the best of stuff.  And if you go to the WorkSafe regulation, anytime we go within 15 feet of water we’re supposed to have some type of training and protection,” said Knott.

On Oct. 13, the Lake Cowichan Fire Department, and the Lake Cowichan RCMP will be partnering up to host a Bicycle Safety Rally at the firehall on North Shore Road. This is yet another way for local residents to support the department in its endeavour to purchase the much needed boat.

Sign up for a day of events including a bike safety rodeo for kids, trail races, and a safety and skills competition, will begin at 9 a.m., and activities will get under way at 10 a.m.

To keep up-to-date with Lake Cowichan Fire Department news and events, check out their website at lakecowichanfiredept.com, or like their Facebook page by searching Lake Cowichan Fire.

 

 

Just Posted

We asked you: Your opinions are firm on vaccinations

Should vaccinations be mandatory for school enrolment? We asked you that question… Continue reading

Business notes: Nomination deadline close for Commercial Building Awards

Organizers are expecting a larger than normal number of nominations for the… Continue reading

VIDEO: Carlow and Jacksun are on TV already: they’re in the World of Dance trailer

Don’t forget to catch them as they perform on Feb. 26

Carl Weber column: God – it’s just my opinion

I have no real doubt that there is a design

Valley schools head into Island boys hoops tourneys this week

Cow High, Brentwood, Duncan Christian and Chemainus all in the mix

Coming up in Cowichan: Estuary fundraiser, landlord info and more

Chance for landlords to learn about their rights and responsibilities The Cowichan… Continue reading

70% of Canadians agree with mandatory vaccines for children: poll

The debate for pro and anti vaccinations has heated up after a measles outbreak in Vancouver

Vancouver Island petition to decriminalize all drugs continues to collect signatures

A Courtenay couple is collecting signatures for their petition to decriminalize drugs in Canada

UPDATE: Woman, off-duty cop in critical condition after stabbing outside B.C. elementary school

The officer was interceding in an alleged assault when he and the woman were stabbed

‘A little baloney’ in PM’s claim about solicitor-client privilege on SNC-Lavalin

The Conservatives and NDP want Trudeau to waive that privilege so Wilson-Raybould can offer her side of the story

Proposed edible pot rules are wasteful, would leave products tasteless: critics

When Canada legalized weed last fall, it only allowed fresh or dried bud, oil, plants and seeds

Most Read