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  • August 27, 2020 - Podcast with Dr. Alan Holmes

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    During this session Dr. Holmes will provide a general update on current conditions.
    • Advice on testing
    • BCHS use of PPE, paramedic exposure, risk assessment
    • Q&A

  • April 9, 2020 - Podcast with Dr. Alan Holmes

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    During this session Dr. Holmes will speak to the following: 
    • General update 
    • PPE protocols including masks
    • Social distancing in halls 
    The focus of this session is on member wellbeing, department capacity and patient care.

  • April 3, 2020 - Podcast with Dr. Alan Holmes

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    During this session Dr. Holmes speaks to the following:
    • General update, e.g. staying safe at work and home
    • COVID-19 clinical care
    • Patient management, e.g. CPR and airway management (BCEHS handbook)
    • Department operations, e.g. return to work by ill members, self-isolation, exposure, testing
    The focus of this session is on member wellbeing, department capacity and patient care.

  • April 3, 2020 - Conversations that matter - Support for First Responders (w/ Dr Alan Holmes, Iridia Medical)

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    First responders are the people rushing into a crisis when the rest of us are rushing away. They are there when criminals break the law, when a building is on fire, when someone has been hurt or is extremely ill, or when someone has fallen ill due to a pandemic. COVID 19 not only compromises health and takes lives, but it also adds emotional and psychological stress to the women and men who respond to emergencies and crimes.

    Dr Allan Holmes has been working with first responders for decades, providing them with training and strategies designed to improve their workplace and their work. Working with fire, police and ambulance, he and the team at Iridia Medical have now set up a support hotline for first responders looking for help in addressing the many questions they face regarding their well-being, and that of their families and their colleagues. The hotline is via email.

    If you are a first responder and you have questions about your health and what you should do, the email address is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. We invited Dr Allan Holmes of Iridia Medical to join us for a Conversation That Matters about the questions first responders have about COVID 19 and how to determine when they should or shouldn’t go to work.

  • April 2, 2020 - Podcast with President Dan Derby - Firefighting in Canada

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    Dan Derby is the president of the Fire Chiefs’ Association of British Columbia and the Regional Fire Chief for Kootenay Boundary Regional Fire Rescue. He joins Fire Chief Tom DeSorcy in a discussion of the unprecedented pandemic crisis and its unique facets in emergency management. Derby and DeSorcy discuss staffing, firehall closures, PPE supplies, the role of associations in the crisis, self-care and mental health, working with the leadership of health authorities, and some of the lessons that will come of the crisis, such as critical conversations around supply chain management and dispatch protocols.

  • March 30, 2020 - Podcast with CAFC President John McKearney - Firefighting in Canada

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    What is happening nationwide for firefighters during COVID-19? John McKearney, president of the Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs (CAFC) and the fire chief in Whistler, B.C., shares his observations on fire department response during COVID-19 and how the CAFC is supporting the fire service. Tune in for this important COVID-19 update from a national perspective.