Air Cadets tour Kincardine
By Liz Dadson
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Kent Padfield (R), a Bruce County paramedic and Kincardine firefighter, shows a group of Kincardine Air Cadets the inside of the ambulance during the Cadets' tour of the Kincardine fire station Monday night
Paramedic Kent Padfield (L) straps Natasha Rutledge of the Kincardine Air Cadets to a back board Monday night at the Kincardine fire station
While Air Cadets and leaders watch, paramedic Kent Padfield (C) pretends to put tape across Natasha Rutledge's face while she is strapped to the back board
Air Cadet Cameron Cleminson (R) gets some help from Kincardine firefighter Craig Palmateer in lining up the fire extinguisher to put out a controlled blaze at the Kincardine fire station Monday night
Shana Lemay (R) of the Air Cadets, takes a try at using the fire extinguisher, with help from firefighter Craig Palmateer
Twenty-six members of the Kincardine Air Cadets and their leaders, had a hands-on look at what skills are involved in being a firefighter and a paramedic during a tour of the Kincardine fire station Monday night.
Volunteer firefighters welcomed the youth and adults, and after a brief discussion, divided them into groups to check out an ambulance, learn about ice rescue, and do some fire-extinguisher training.
"It's important that they learn about emergency training and realize what's involved in emergency medical services," says WO1 Amber Douel, squadron commander.
"Emergency services are a big part of the military and would make a good career option," she says. "We like to introduce the Cadets to lots of options."
Air Cadets Craig Tyler (L) and Chris Pierce get strapped into ice rescue suits, courtesy of Kincardine deputy fire chief Mike Moore (R); Tyler is holding a stick for checking the ice, while Pierce is holding personal rescue equipment
Some members had the chance to try on the ice rescue suits and work with the equipment under the guidance of Kincardine deputy fire chief Mike Moore, while others were strapped to a back board under the watchful eye of paramedic and firefighter Kent Padfield.
One of the other highlights was taking a turn at using a fire extinguisher to put out a controlled blaze, with help from firefighter Craig Palmateer.
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Wednesday, March 06, 2013