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Last updateThu, 20 Jun 2019 3pm

Michichi Boardwalk opens today

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A kilometre-long stretch along the Michichi Resevoir opened June 20 to a crowd of dozens enjoying burgers, corn on the cob, and a walk along the new boardwalk. The project, complete with interpretive signs about the wildlife and ecosystem of the area, was funded in part by grants from the provincial government to educate about the watershed. Pictured from left is Alberta Environment and Parks program coordinator Monique Dietrich, Cows and Fish’s habitant management society’s Kelsey Spicer-Rowe, Red Deer River Watershed Alliance’s Rosemarie Ferjuc and Josee Methot, Starland County assistant ag fieldman Dara Kudras, and county reeve Steve Wannstrom.

Town considers Medical First Response Program

Bruce Wade

    The Drumheller Fire Department is looking at signing on to the Medical First Response Program.
    This program will provide training as well as some supplies to the local department, and they will be able to provide medical support when responding to calls.
    “The Fire Department does not want to see any of our citizens without some kind of response to a medical call,” said Fire Chief Bruce Wade. “Our main concern is that our citizens have some kind of response when the ambulance isn’t available.”
     Alberta Health Services has developed a model for Medical First Response.  There is a number of agencies such as volunteer fire departments across the province that participate in the program to deliver a medical response. This model provides provincial standards for medical first response delivery, support for the agencies providing the response and ensures safe patient care with medical oversight and patient care guidelines.
    Wade says currently about 25-30 per cent of the department is trained in first aid, and a couple of members are trained paramedics. He says one positive of the program is that more firefighters can be trained to deliver a medical first response. While the department often already provides first aid, this would formalize the procedure.
     On joining onto the program the department decides what level of service it can provide as well as the type of calls they respond to. The minimum level of service is Basic First Aid.
    A delegation on Medical First Response was at Drumheller Town Council’s meeting on Monday, June 10. They noted that joining Medical First Response is not a downloading of ambulance services.
    “By joining Medical First Response offers us the opportunity for more training and supplies,” said Wade, adding there is no compensation.
    At the June 10 Council meeting, Council agreed to entertain a request for decision at a future Council meeting.

Street Improvement Program contract awarded

IMG 6763    Road work should be ramping up in the very near future and residents will see work on Hunts Crescent and also near McConkey Park in west Drumheller.
    The Town awarded the 2019 Street Improvement Program to T.J Paving for $885,104.27. This bid was approximately $140,000 below the pre-tender estimate. T.J. Paving is based in Red Deer County.
    “Our two largest sections are Hunts Crescent. We want to finish that up because we have been doing sections of it for the last several years, and the other large section is on 2nd Avenue West near McConkey Park,” said Dave Brett Director of Infrastructure Services.
    The portion of the road near McConkey Park stretches from the former Town  Hall, west to 3rd Avenue.
    Brett says other areas to be paved will be the loading dock area at the Water Treatment Plant as well as paving the salt shed at the new public works building.
    “Currently it (the salt shed) is gravel, so we need to pave that so we don’t have any contamination concerns,” said Brett.
    There will also be curb work throughout the Town of Drumheller including areas of Nacmine and Midland, and some work on Alberta Parks trails. The work is to be completed by October 1, according to tender documents.

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