No-one wants an emergency or disaster, but it is good to know that help is there when it’s needed. The Powell River region has the basics of fire, ambulance and police services as well as a full service hospital, emergency programs and the Coast Guard. The Salvation Army and local groups, such as the St. Johns Ambulance Brigade and the ATV Club, are also ready and willing to help out when needed.
BCAS has a number of dedicated ground ambulance transfer vehicles available for patient transfers, but also utilizes emergency fleet ambulances in-between 9-1-1 calls to transfer patients between health care facilities.
The Brigade members are trained, uniformed volunteers who, in addition to offering assistance in an emergency, provide community services such as first aid coverage at public events and community health care services.
The parent organization also offers a variety of online first aid courses and emergency supplies.
For 50 years, the Canadian Coast Guard College has been training Coast Guard personnel to save lives; navigate the sometimes treacherous waters of the sea; and generally protect our waterways and the people who travel on them.
#101, 4510 Willingdon Avenue, Powell River V8A 2M8
The Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue, formerly the Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary (Pacific), is a volunteer organization of over 1,000 people from many backgrounds who give up a great deal of their own time to train, be trained and be on standby in case they are needed to respond to a marine emergency on the water. These volunteers have the use of modern, well equipped rescue vessels that are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
PRREP coordinates emergency planning, preparedness, training, response, and recovery for all areas within the Powell River Regional District. The program works with emergency responders, government staff, volunteers, partner agencies, and the general public throughout our region.The PREP logo on any local website will take you to the PRREP page on the Regional District website where needed information can be found in case of an emergency.
24 hour emergency care provided for the residents of the Powell River region. Plane crash or tanker spill, its all in a day’s work for Powell River… While plane crashes and tanker truck spills of toxic materials are rarely a good thing, a recent mock version of this very situation in Powell River produced something invaluable: world-class cooperation.
The Western Canadian Association of Lifeline Programs (formerly British Columbia Association of Lifeline Programs) was chartered as a non-profit society in 1992. The volunteer organization provides a home medical alert system for people living alone, who are elderly, or have a medical disability.
The ‘GoSafe’ pendent by Phillips provides peace of mind.
“Powell River Search and Rescue is a group of dedicated volunteers that provide an invaluable service to the region.” said Mayor Dave Formosa when City Council provided a training and operations centre to the organization in 2012. SAR, which conducts an annual certification training course set by the Justice Institute of BC, is always looking for dedicated people who are active and are prepared to volunteer their time.
Search and rescue at Emma Lake
The foggy weather made the rescue tricky, but its success can be attributed to the use of a personal locator beacon.