Clinton and 100 Mile House VFD members learn to use vehicle extrication equipment in a Grand Am/logging truck accident scenario.

Striking a Balance – Hallowe’en and Fire Rescue training

Susan Swan's weekly column of community news and events in Clinton.

Halloween in Clinton

The heavy fog did little to deter the trick or treaters on Hallowe’en. There were groups of children going door to door prior to attending the Children’s Hallowe’en Party in the Clinton Memorial Hall.

Staff of Integris Credit Union and Insurance partnered with the Clinton Recreation Committee and several volunteers to create a safe, spooky place for the kids.

As well as the haunted house, the kids could take part in a number of fun, Hallowe’en-themed games.

There was a terrific turnout for the event and Mayor Jim Rivett was kept busy handing out hot dogs and drinks.

Kudos to everyone who helped with this event.

Health and Wellness Fair

On Nov. 1 one could find all manner of information on health and wellness related issues all in one place.

The Clinton Health Auxiliary once again organized a great event. Tables of information kept people occupied while they waited for their flu shots and afterward.

One of the nurses giving shots told me that they love coming to Clinton as it is always so well organized. I know I found lots of pertinent information.

Fire Rescue Training

Last weekend saw seven members of the Clinton Fire Rescue and six 100 Mile House Fire Rescue training with various pieces of equipment at the Clinton Fire Hall.

From Friday, Nov. 2 to Sunday, Nov. 4, George Klemm of KGC Fire Rescue Training put the members through their paces in the NFPA 1006 (Vehicle Extrication Beginners Course). Although Klemm is from Parksville, BC he travels to areas throughout BC and the Yukon to train members. He has also participated in Fire Rescue Competitions world-wide.

The members moved outside to work with the equipment to learn how to properly and safely use it. They practiced on 10 vehicles provided by Al Weller or Cariboo Salvage.

After becoming comfortable with the use of the equipment, the members were given a scenario where a Trans Am was trapped under a logging truck with three occupants inside. They had to monitor the three occupants and use the various pieces of equipment to safely free them. It was a good exercise for the members. Once they had the occupants freed, a debriefing was held with each part of the team giving their impression of how the extrication was handled.

Anyone interested in joining the Clinton Volunteer Fire Department can drop by on Monday evenings after 7 p.m. to find out what is involved.

Seniors Market Place

Drop by the Clinton Memorial Hall on Saturday, Nov. 10 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for the Clinton Seniors Market Place. There promises to be a variety of new and used items available as well as baking and crafts.

Remembrance Day Service

The Annual Remembrance Day Service will take place in the Clinton Memorial Hall on Sunday, Nov. 11 beginning at 10:45 a.m. The service will be followed by a lunch at the Legion.

Village of Clinton Council

Members of the public are welcome to attend the Village of Clinton Council meetings at 7 p.m. on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month (Nov. 14 and Nov. 28 this month).

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