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#2301 Mike K.

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Posted 07 October 2021 - 08:26 PM

Wow, laconic! That’s a cool photo.

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#2302 pontcanna

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Posted 07 October 2021 - 11:52 PM

Good Samaritan stuck on hold with 911 after woman struck by car in Victoria
 
VICTORIA - When a woman on bike was struck by a vehicle in front of Budget Brake and Muffler in downtown Victoria on Thursday morning, staff at the shop jumped into action.

"We were quick on scene and called 911," said Ryan Burghardt, owner of Budget Brake and Muffler.

The problem was, nobody answered.

"Eleven minutes on hold to get through to the ambulance," Burghardt told CTV News.
 
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#2303 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 08 October 2021 - 03:58 AM

^ bike in crosswalk wrong way.  and it would appear running the red.  that might be cause for trouble.


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#2304 Klapecki

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Posted 09 October 2021 - 08:20 AM

The video clearly shows bike at fault. That said, the hit is pretty sickening…

#2305 Spy Black

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Posted 09 October 2021 - 08:33 AM

I don't now, and have never supported the majority of cyclists who flaunt every single traffic law on the books ... but focusing on the cyclists actions prior to the accident completely missies the critically important part of this story, which is about the 11 minute wait for somebody to answer a call to 911.

 

Inexcusable and unforgivable, and begs the question as to what exactly is going on such that there's an 11 minute wait on a response to a 911 call?


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#2306 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 09 October 2021 - 08:42 AM

I don't now, and have never supported the majority of cyclists who flaunt every single traffic law on the books ... but focusing on the cyclists actions prior to the accident completely missies the critically important part of this story, which is about the 11 minute wait for somebody to answer a call to 911.

 

Inexcusable and unforgivable, and begs the question as to what exactly is going on such that there's an 11 minute wait on a response to a 911 call?

 

surely there is a way to load-share somehow even with another jurisdiction or two or three.  or another department.   or "press 1 for fire, 2 for police, 3 for ambulance" to get the call moving along.


Edited by Victoria Watcher, 09 October 2021 - 08:43 AM.


#2307 Spy Black

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Posted 09 October 2021 - 08:53 AM

I think all jurisdictions locally do their 911 business through that new high-security facility out on Commerce Circle in the Vanalman Industrial Park.

 

Maybe that's the issue? ... a single facility (potentially understaffed) becomes the choke point for all regional 911 calls?



#2308 Kilo95

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Posted 09 October 2021 - 09:30 AM

The issue is that nobody was available at the BCEHS dispatch centres to answer the call. Sounds like they got through to 911 fast enough (E-Comm in Saanich) but were stuck on hold with the 911 call taker waiting for the ambulance to answer. The province only has 3 BCEHS dispatch centres (Victoria, Vancouver, Kamloops). 



#2309 Mike K.

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Posted 09 October 2021 - 12:21 PM

It’s also a job that many people try but few stick with. This has been a mounting problem and now it has bubbled to the surface. Speaking with a dispatcher recently, he told me newcomers often last just a few months and then call it quits due to stress and the fast pace of the job.

Remember, you’re dealing with traumatic situations 24/7, there are no good calls.
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#2310 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 09 October 2021 - 12:28 PM

i can imagine the domestic violence distress calls are hard to handle/forget.  and loved ones finding suicide victims etc.


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#2311 Mike K.

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Posted 13 October 2021 - 05:56 AM

Big fire this AM at the former shelter in Sooke: https://www.facebook...59710605109362/

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Posted 30 October 2021 - 05:45 PM

James Bay residents impacted by fire hoping for help with days left in temporary accommodations

 

One man said he doesn’t know what he’ll do on Tuesday when Red Cross aid ends

 

Rempel is hoping the public will help him and the other residents find any sort of short-term accommodations for when the Red Cross aid runs out.

 

He’s also been trying to help his downstairs neighbour, a 71-year-old woman who has no family connections in Canada, through the process.

 

“My main concerns are for her right now so I’ve been trying to do what I can her find a home,” he said, adding that others impacted are also seniors and those living with disabilities.

 

Rempel’s sister started a GoFundMe for him, while another resident started a separate GoFundMe for all of the building’s displaced occupants.

 

Rempel said the public can also help out by dropping off moving bins at the building complex, which is at the corner of Croft and Niagara streets.

 

 

https://www.vicnews....accommodations/


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#2313 pontcanna

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Posted 01 November 2021 - 12:34 AM

Facebook at about 2230:

Saanich fire dispatched
3255 Cook st
Fire on first and second floor
Flames coming from 2nd floor
Engine1 Engine 2, Engine 3, Ladder 1, Ladder 3, Rescue 1, Chief 2, Chief 3, Chief 4
People trapped on second floor. Saanich police requested code 3
Transitional attack exterior to interior with an inch and 3 quarter
Neighbour's on standby, EHS upgrade to code 3

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Crews have extinguished an apartment fire in the 3200 block of Cook Street with a fast attack. Fire largely contained to a single unit. Three Engines a Ladder and a Rescue truck responded with 18 FF’s. One deceased. No other injuries. Cause of the fire is under investigation.
 
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#2314 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 01 November 2021 - 02:46 AM

That’s a very large building.

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Posted 01 November 2021 - 05:39 AM

https://www.google.c...!4d-123.3515214

 

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#2316 Mike K.

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Posted 01 November 2021 - 08:08 AM

So that’s two deadly fires in one week.

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Posted 01 November 2021 - 08:55 AM

An 81-year-old woman drowned after she fell into the water while crab fishing with her family near the Sooke Marine Boardwalk on Sunday.

Bystanders pulled the woman from the water and started life-saving efforts, but she was unresponsive, say witnesses.


https://www.vicnews....rine-boardwalk/

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#2318 pontcanna

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Posted 02 November 2021 - 07:34 AM

Saanich apartment residents grieve after woman dies in fire
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The Saanich Fire Department responded to a blaze at an apartment on Cook Street on Sunday. One resident of the building died in the fire.

 

Residents of a Saanich apartment building near the Cedar Hill Golf Course are grieving after the death of one of the building’s residents, who died in a fire on Sunday night.

 

Saanich Fire Department was alerted to the fire at the Maplewood Green Apartments at the intersection of Cook Street and Maplewood Road at 9:30 p.m. and responded with 18 firefighters and three engines, as well as a ladder and a rescue truck.

 

Firefighters were able to extinguish the blaze in about 15 minutes, containing it to a single suite. When they entered the one-bedroom suite they discovered the body of a middleaged woman, who lived alone with her Pomeranian, which survived the fire.

 

On Monday, fire investigators said they believe the fire was accidental and likely caused by smoking. The building adopted a no-smoking policy in February 2017, but tenants who were smoking in their suites before that time were allowed to continue.

 

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Posted 02 November 2021 - 07:42 AM

That is tragic but I'm glad nobody else was hurt.  

I remember a couple of years ago speaking at our strata AGM about trying to remove our pet restriction - I drew contrasts to smoking (which is allowed in our building) and was called rude and disrespectful for doing so.  Go figure.


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#2320 Mike K.

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Posted 02 November 2021 - 07:50 AM

Make sure you print a copy of this article for the next AGM.
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