The FCABC Conference Catches Fire Yet Again!

This year’s Fire Chiefs’ Association of BC Conference and Expo in Abbotsford was another resounding success, with over 125 departments represented. It offered an excellent opportunity for fire services personnel to network and provided us a great chance to  reconnect with so many industry leaders from across the province.

Our newest team member, Steve Nordin, was front and center on the trade show flow, sharing a booth with our EMS AED provider, Medtronic. We were also fortunate enough to have Dr. Allan Holmes address a packed room of delegates on Wednesday morning as he spoke on the topic of pre-hospital care and Medical Responder Training.   We thank the crowd for their engagement and are proud to announce that in the coming days we will formally be offering Medical Direction for EMR programs.  Stay tuned for more information on that by way of a mail circular destined for your mailbox.

On behalf of the entire Iridia team, we would like to thank the FCABC and their event sponsors for hosting such a quality event. We look forward to seeing you all again in Richmond in 2012, and in the meantime, stay safe!

Heart Month 2011

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Diana Pozza, Director of Corporate Relations for the Heart and Stroke Foundation of BC & Yukon recieves a $500 cheque from Global’s VP, Vern Biccum

Heart Disease and Stroke are, unsurprisingly, primary causes of death in Canada. According to the most recent Statistics Canada survey from 2007, they are responsible for 129,139 annual deaths (28% of all Canadian deaths) and there is evidence that this number is dramatically growing. With obesity, high blood pressure and diabetes on the rise, heart disease is expected to swell in upcoming generations. Heart and stoke prone ethno-cultural communities like Aboriginals are growing and our national demographic is ageing with the Baby Boomers. Also, lifestyle changes have led to sedentary work environments, poor diets, high sodium intake and increased stress which all contribute to heart disease and stroke. We are facing what the Heart and Stroke Foundation calls the “Perfect Storm”.

Each year, the Heart and Stroke Foundation organizes Heart Month, one of the largest fundraising campaigns in Canada in the battle against these two killers. Heart Month brings together tens of thousands of Canadians who volunteer and donate to raise funds for this worthy cause. As it is an issue that is very significant and personal to us, Global donated $500 from our month’s AED sales. We value and appreciate the hard work the Heart and Stroke Foundation is doing and we are thankful to have them as a partner against heart and stroke disease.