Candle Lake Emergency Services
In November 2021, Firefighters, Medical First Responders (MFR) and the Emergency Measures Organization (EMO) merged to become one unit under Candle Lake Emergency Services. There are currently 35 members working in our Emergency Services: 21 firefighters, 4 junior/student firefighters and 10 medical/fire first responders.
First Responders can make a big difference in an emergency situation, for example by helping someone start to breath, performing CPR, stopping a bleed, delivering a baby, putting out a fire or dealing with other emergency situations.
If you are interested in volunteering as a first responder, please contact Wes Harker at (306) 960-6111 or Karen Mack at (306) 960-1254.
The Candle Lake Fire Department for the Resort Village of Candle Lake is responsible for fire protection of all structures. The Department is manned by volunteer Fire Fighters and First Responders. Currently, the department is equipped with a rescue unit, two pumpers and one tanker.
The Rescue Unit carries fire fighting, rescue and First Responder equipment as well as the Jaws of Life used to extract trapped victims of motor vehicle accidents. The pumpers are used primarily for fire fighting. The tanker carries 1,200 gallons of water and a portable pump.
Firefighters and medical first responders train all year long. Meetings, training and practice are held at the Firehall on the 1st and 3rd Monday of every month for fire and every 2nd Monday of each month for medical first responders. Meetings are open to all emergency service volunteers and the cross-training is very beneficial to all.
Firefighter mandatory training includes:
- Firefighter Safety
- Fire Dynamics
- PPE (firefighter personal protective clothing)
- Portable fire extinguishers
- ropes and knots, and ground ladders
- Forcible entry
- Structural search and rescue
- Tactical ventilations
- Fire hose, hose operation and hose streams
- Fire suppression
- Property conservation and scene preservation
- Foam/liquid/gas fires
- Vehicle extrication
- Structural collapse
- Maintenance and testing of equipment
- How equipment works, and how to keep it running and in working order
- Inspection and cleaning of turnout gear
- Road safety
- Breathing apparatus
- Dangerous goods, chemicals and explosions
- Traffic incident management
- Landing STARS
- How to keep yourself and others safe at any scene
Medical First Responders (MFR) hold a license through Saskatchewan Ministry of Health and will soon be licensed through Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA). Each Resort Village member must also be approved by Village Council. MFR’s follow SHA protocols along with protocols set out in the bylaws of the Resort Village.
MFR mandatory training runs through a two-year cycle. Every second year all MFR’s must be recertified. Training and recertifications are done by Parkland Ambulance instructors or at the MFR conference held each January. MFR’s must also be recertified in CPR/AED each year.
MFR mandatory training includes:
- EPI-Pen, Blood Glucose, SP02
- Mechanical Aid to Breathing including Oxygen
- Spinal Immobilization
- Trauma Patient Assessment & Trauma Emergencies Part 1 & Part 2
- Medical Patient Assessment & Emergencies Part 1 & Part 2
Hands on practice with firefighters/medical responders is held throughout the year.
The Resort Village currently has two AED machines for use by the Firefighters and MFR’s. These are located on board the Medical First Responder Unit and the Rescue Truck.
Other equipment on board the MFR Unit 1 includes:
- LUCAS Chest Compression System - a portable tool designed to overcome problems identified with manual chest compressions. LUCAS assists rescuers by delivering effective, consistent and continuous chest compressions.
- The Unit is also equipped with backboards, splits, slings, burn equipment, glucose monitors, blood pressure cuffs, stethoscopes, SP02 monitors, Oxygen, OPA’s, PPE, obstetrics kits, thermometers, EPI pens, and pediatric supplies.
The Resort Village also has a Sno-ambulance and sled. This unit has come in handy in retrieving patients off a snowmobile trail.