Vancouver Plane Crash – 10/27/2011

First responders such as paramedics, fire rescue and police put their lives on the line everyday when answering emergency calls. Thursday’s plane crash in Vancouver that left many injured was not a typical emergency call for our first responders; or a typical afternoon for those who witnessed the accident.

In case you haven’t heard about the crash or would like to check up-to-date information on the accident, visit the Vanoucver Sun here:
http://www.vancouversun.com/news

Vancouver Plane Crash

Moral obligations of bystanders have been making headlines recently.

http://vancouver.openfile.ca/blog/curator-blog/curated-news/2011/canadian-doctors-bystanders-have-moral-obligation-perform-cpr.

Should strangers rush in to save someone who is in trouble? We would like to think if something terrible happened to us and someone witnessed it, they would come to our aid. But yet, in many cases people are either too stunned or not equipped to deal with an accident. Fortunately yesterday’s plane crash had a silver lining and that lay in the efforts of our first responders and those bystanders who put themselves in harm’s way. As the plane burned up on the road, many people who witnessed the accident rushed to the scene through the smoke and fire to save those who were trapped in the wreckage. Due to their outstanding efforts they were able to retrieve all those who were trapped.

Unfortunately even with the efforts of bystanders and EMS personnel the pilot succumbed to his injuries. Currently the co-pilot is in critical condition, with burns covering up to 80% of his body. We can only hope that he and the others who were injured pull through and recover from this horrific accident.

Had those brave individuals not put their own lives at risk to save others, it is possible many more passengers may have died. This crash highlights the importance of all first responders, whether they are fire rescue, paramedics or police. Those who ran to the burning plane to save those inside now know what it’s like for our first responders who put themselves on the front lines every day.

At Iridia  we have the opportunity to work with fire rescue personnel and paramedics. We understand what they do and why they do it. Accidents like this make us feel grateful that we get the chance to work with those who make it their duty to save lives even if it means putting themselves at risk.

We are very proud to work with those who responded to this accident, as well as all the first responders we work with every day. As a leader in the development of medical education, it is our mission to provide physicians, nurses, and other health care professionals with the most up to date information and skills enabling them to provide their patients with the best possible care.

United Nations Award for District of North Vancouver

United Nations AwardFor 2011, the District of North Vancouver received the prestigious United Nations’ Award for disaster risk reduction in its community.

United Nations Award

Mayor Richard Walton attended the ceremony in Geneva, Switzerland, to accept the award on behalf of the District of North Vancouver – the first Canadian community ever to receive it.

“This international recognition is testament to the ongoing work being done by not only the professional staff who serve the citizens of North Vancouver District, but also the leaders and many volunteers of the North Shore Emergency Management Office, and all of the agencies dedicated to the public safety needs of their community,” said Walton after the ceremony according to the North Shore Outlook.

In 2005, North Vancouver experienced a landslide which led to the tragic death of a resident and the destruction of two homes. As a result, the district has lead and incorporated risk reduction criteria in its official community plan and permit process, including warning systems for landslides and debris flows.

The Iridia team congratulates the District of North Vancouver for receiving this United Nations Award and for building the resilience of its community to disasters. We are honoured to have worked with the district on some of its planning initiatives, and applaud community partners for having realized this outstanding achievement.