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Please read this and support British Columbia Paramedics
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Rick Feb 16, 2009.


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Please read and support British Columbia Paramedics

BC ambulance paramedics are standing up trying to protect the residents and visitors to BC, and with the Winter Olympic games in Vancouver in 2010 the issue is more critical now than ever. Paramedics are usually hired by BC Ambulance service (BCAS) and for the first 5-6 yrs of their career get paid $2.00 per/hr (pager pay) while waiting for a call to come in before getting their "call rate". BC paramedics are asking to get paid wage parity to police and fire in Vancouver and are being told that… Continue

Posted on February 17, 2009 at 1:34pm

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At 3:49pm on December 19, 2009, Rob Theriault said…
Hi Kent,
Were you trying to connect with me on Facebook? If so, we can connect here. Did you have a question for me?

Rob Theriault
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At 3:05pm on June 3, 2009, kris gardner said…
Hi Kent!

Thanks for the add. How's everything with you?

Any updates on the status of BCAS and the strike? Somehow, I don't see the government caving in anytime soon. I bet if councillors got $2 per hour "pager pay" until they got to their council meetings, things would change in a hurry. ( there's an idea. Imagine the money we would save? lol.)
At 5:37pm on June 2, 2009, Liam Anderson said…
Hi Kent,

I saw your msg re: burns as well. I also have had to answer this question as a first aid instructor. One explanation I have given is that by using ice/cold water, instead of cool water, the result is that the underlying blood vessels are constricted (just as they would in a hypothermic pt). This causes the fluid that the body has rushed into the affected area to help cool it to become trapped. This then prevents that relatively hotter fluid from returning to the body for the heat to be distributed through out the rest of body.

But I also agree with Terry's explanation regarding drastic temperature change. Perhaps cooling the swollen area too fast causes the built up fluid to drop in temp and then return to the core causing a drop in core body temp.

I try to stress that their role is to assist the body's natural coping mechanisms whenever possible instead of replacing them. If someone sees any fault with this explanation please let me know.
At 3:40pm on June 2, 2009, Terry Childe said…
Hi kent, saw yr blog re: burn tx and use of ice. Perhaps try in extreme hypo therm and frost inj. 1- depending on the amount of area effected, using ice pt. can go into shock easier/quicker(unrever).) due to drastic temp change.
2- freezing the effect area could intens. the the burn factor on heat related inj. as frosbite is burn of it's own,(degree of dam. area) cell damage and all, allready present, is unrever..
At 11:49pm on March 4, 2009, Mark Wildeman said…
Hi Kent,
I've been real busy. 62 days in camp blah blah blah. Let me know when your looking for a change. It's getting warm here -32 this morning.
At 4:14pm on February 28, 2009, teresa said…
hello kent its nice to meet you i hope we can chat sometimes have a nice day
At 8:30pm on February 16, 2009, Lisa L. White said…
thanks for the add, how is the weather up north?? this is a really cool site, lots of good people here. Be safe!!
At 7:54pm on February 16, 2009, Eloy Garcia said…
hey Kent!
Good to know about you, thanks for the invitation, I want to know more about your company. Could you emailme to

thank you so much
At 7:50pm on February 12, 2009, itku2er said…
thanks for the add
At 4:30pm on February 7, 2009, David E. Courter said…
Kent, I hope my reply to you last night was coherent I realize noq that I had a few more glasses of wine than I thought I had (at my birthday celebration) I think I left off an answer about the flash patterns. Yes you can control the patterns very easily there is a select button right on the cog lighter plug. If you opt for not havint the cig lighter plug then the pattern is adjustable by usinf one othe wire in the back. I seem to remember that there are like 16 patterns to choose from. If I forgot anything please drop me a line. Dave C.
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