Some unfortunate editing choices by local media took a trio of Lantzville First Responders from one unexpected event to another recently after they responded to a call for support from BC Ambulance. The three firefighters met up with an ambulance on the roadside, where paramedics were dealing with the imminent arrival of a newborn. While Firefighter Don Bayne directed traffic around the ambulance, FFs Diane Blanchette and Martin Kortas assisted paramedics who did an outstanding job with the delivery. As one can imagine the event garnered its share of media attention. Since BCAS members generally refrain from speaking to the media that task fell to the firefighters. Despite clearly articulating their secondary role, a TV interview left the impression with some that the birth was more of a firefighter achievement. A few choice Facebook postings later and, Voila! bruised feelings everywhere. It was a real lesson in the perils of engaging, and not engaging, the media. So if you missed it, here’s what mattered: thanks to people who care for others, a beautiful baby girl was safely born into this world.
Emergency Program Information Session
If disaster should ever strike, the District of Lantzville is ready to support citizens in need with short term assistance (water, food, clothing, etc.) and has designated the Seaview #257 Canadian Legion as its Emergency Reception Centre. But the best laid plans require volunteers to implement them and right now the District needs a little more help. That help doesn’t require a university course in disaster management – it’s something as simple as handing out a steaming cup of coffee, a comforting smile and a referral to the appropriate support services. If you’re interested in stepping up in the aftermath of an earthquake, wildfire or epidemic, please consider attending an information session Thursday, March 13 at 7 p.m. at the Lantzville Legion Hall.
Lantzville Fire Rescue Calendar Art Contest
Just a reminder about LFR’s calendar art contest. This year’s fundraising calendar will feature artworks by school-aged residents from Lantzville and the Nanoose First Nation on subjects including public safety, public education and fire safety. The artwork will be judged in four categories: Kindergarten to Grade 2, Grades 3 to 6, Grades 7 to 9 and Grades 10 to 12.
The top three works in each category will be chosen to represent a month’s cover. A grand prize winner will be selected to have their artwork showcased on the front cover. In addition, all winners will receive prizes. Submissions should include the artist’s name, grade category, contact details and a brief description of your work.
Designs should be handed in to the Lantzville District Office, 7192 Lantzville Road, no later than May 31, 2014.