The rescue team brings a driver up an embankment to a waiting ambulance on the Coquihalla May 5. Hope Search and Rescue photo

Hope police, fire & rescue update: May 9

Two road rescues, one brush fire and Staff Sgt. Rehdner talks mental health

Hope RCMP by Staff Sgt. Karol Rehdner

This week the RCMP, well not just the RCMP, acknowledges Mental Health week. It is an area in which I have seen the most change within the RCMP organization as there is now a far greater emphasis on the mental health of all our members. But this is not just an RCMP issue but a very publically pervasive one and ‘sucking it up’ is no longer an acceptable mantra. Seek help and talk to someone. I have been witness to far too many unfortunate situations in my near 28 years of service and I am sure that many of them could have had a different outcome if only the conversation started.

Hope/Boston Bar RCMP are seeking the assistance of the public in locating a vehicle that has fled from police on several occasions over the past week. It is a white 1990’s Chevy full-size low rider pick up with a long box and hard tonneau cover. It has a distinctive oversized Chevy emblem on the tailgate and the tail lights do not work. Members have attempted to stop the vehicle but the driver speeds away. Members have not pursued the vehicle over concerns for the safety of the general public. If anyone has information regarding this vehicle please contact the Hope RCMP at (604)869-7750.

The Hope/Boston Bar RCMP would like to thank the organizers of the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women (MMIW) walk that took place in downtown Hope on Saturday, May 5 for their dedication along with the positive interaction with the local RCMP detachment. This cooperation, along with a beautiful day, made for a moving and safe ceremony.

The Hope/Boston Bar RCMP are fully engaged in planning for numerous local events set to take place throughout the summer; Canada Day, the visit of the famous RCMP Musical Ride, the 50th anniversary of Brigade Days among others. We look forward to doing our part to ensure that these events are fun for all. Yours truly has started to add a few layers of polish to leathers that accompany the Red Serge. If I can manage to avoid succumbing to the delicious treats from our local vendors I may actually still fit into the uniform.

Hope Search and Rescue

Friday crews were called to an accident at 9:55 p.m. near the Othello Tunnels on Fish Camp Road: a rollover with a single driver trapped. The driver was freed and emerged with only a minor knee injury.

Saturday rescue crews assisted BC Ambulance Service when a car went down a nine-metre embankment on the Coquihalla. The driver was brought up the slope by the HSAR Rope Team, who delivered the patient to a waiting ambulance.

Hope Fire Department

The Hope Fire Department responded to nine calls in total last week.

Friday fire crews attended the same car crash that Hope Search and Rescue members did, a single vehicle crash where the vehicle rolled over and trapped the driver.

On Sunday, crews spent an hour putting out a brush fire on Landstrom Road. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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