McBride honors emergency response team for selfless duty

First responders in McBride, British Columbia, Canada, were recently honored for their commitment to serving their community.

The McBride team of first responders includes 10 professionals who volunteer to serve their community by driving the community ambulance and providing basic emergency care to persons in need. The team was honored by McBride Ambulance Department Chief Rodger Peterson on February 12, the Rocky Mountain Goat reports.

In order to renew their certification, each responder was required to spend an average of 20 hours studying and taking exams on updated coursework. The certification itself cost $100 per member, but the hours spent studying and preparing for the exam was valued at $500, totaling a $600 investment per volunteer responder, according to the Rocky Mountain Goat.

Craig Arnold, a senior ambulance team member, said while the benefits of reviewing new materials to improve first responder skills and techniques are undeniable, the process isn't easy for everyone. Some of the coursework is completed online, which can be a challenge for some people, the Rocky Mountain Goat reports.

The McBride first responders dedicate their lives to helping keep their community safe. Each volunteer responder carries a pager and stop what they're doing when duty calls. The McBride team is one of many emergency response volunteer teams in the area that sacrifice to keep their neighbors safe in times of crisis.