Iridia Ignites the 2013 BC Fire Expo

It’s a wrap – this year’s Fire Chiefs’ Association of BC Conference and Expo in Penticton was a great success! With Iridia acting as the medical director to over 145 departments in BC, the fire expo offered an excellent opportunity to network with fire services personnel and provided the chance to  reconnect with so many industry leaders from across the province.

Our resident fire expert, Steve Nordin, was front and center on the trade show floor – demonstrating Iridia’s Fire Services AED Program and Fire Rescue Physician Advisory Services.

Also on hand was Physio-Control’s TrueCPR – a device that helps optimize manual CPR performance with the real-time feedback. If you would like to know more, we will be profiling TrueCPR next week, make sure to check back with us then.

truecpr at the bc fire expo

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 for the 2014 fire expo, and in the meantime, stay safe!

 

Prince George Fire Rescue – EMR Trial

On June 11th, 2012 our Founder at Iridia, Dr. Allan Holmes spoke to the Prince George City Council to give an update on the Emergency Medical Response (EMR) trial currently underway with Prince George Fire Rescue (PGFR).

As the Medical Director for PGFR, Dr. Holmes was tasked with delivering a presentation summarizing the project to date.

View the presentation:

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Prince George Fire Rescue – Chief John Lane:

“The EMR Program has proven safe, cost effective, and has improved the emergency medical care provided to Prince George’s citizens.  The results have been presented at a meeting of the Provincial Medical Leadership Council (PMLC) on May 10, 2012.  The PMLC was urged to recommend to the Emergency and Health Services Commission (EHSC) that the Prince George EMR Program is made permanent, and that similar initiatives by other Fire Services in BC be approved.  The PMLC was also urged to recommend the EHSC follow provincial regulation and EMA Licensing Branch policy compelling individuals to provide care at their license level at all times.”

Read the full staff report to Prince George City Council:

Prince George Fire Rescue

At Iridia we are thrilled to have the opportunity to have worked with John Lane and Prince George Fire Rescue in the development of the EMR trial. We truly hope this is just the beginning for pre-hospital care.

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.