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Latest Articles from Josh Winquist

'This is not a 9 to 5 job'

Jan 20, 2018 / 5:00 am

Photo: Vernon Search and Rescue It takes a special breed of person to volunteer with search and rescue – the faint of heart need not apply. "Our guys have to know exactly what to do without having to think about it. And the

A crack in the armour

Jan 19, 2018 / 5:00 am

Photo: The Canadian Press On Nov. 19, 2017, the country watched as emergency responders from across the world marched together in support of a fractured family. At the memorial service for Abbotsford Police Const. John Davidson, Sgt. Judy

Do not use the term 'hero'

Jan 18, 2018 / 5:00 am

Photo: Paul Combs Cartoonist Paul Combs has agreed to allow Castanet to use this cartoon for the purpose of this particular story. Firefighters Scott Hemstad and Gord Ditchburn prefer people wouldn't use the word "hero."  Hemstad

A place to call home

Jan 17, 2018 / 8:00 pm

Chantelle Deacon There are more than 100 new residential care beds in Vernon. The Hamlets at Vernon officially made the announcement today with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the new residential care home in downtown Vernon.    “The

Unimaginable to most

Jan 17, 2018 / 5:00 am

Photo: My Paramedic Blog Numbers on BC Emergency Health Services' website give an idea what the province's paramedics are up against when they put on their uniforms.  517,309 patients treated or transported in 2017. 23,570

Scamming renters

Jan 16, 2018 / 7:00 pm

Photo: Contributed A quick look at any one of the Okanagan's community Facebook forums and you'll find countless rental scam stories.  Would-be scammers continue to set their sights on desperate renters with too-good-to-be-true

Violence not part of job

Jan 16, 2018 / 5:00 am

Contributed BCNU During the 2017 provincial election, the B.C. Nurses Union launched a commercial campaign it called: Violence. Not Part of the Job. One commercial hit close to home for Christine Sorensen, acting president of the BCNU. In

Lucky no kids in crash

Jan 15, 2018 / 2:25 pm

Chantelle Deacon UPDATE: 2:20 p.m. Lake Country RCMP continue to investigate this morning's collision between a school bus and dump truck. They confirm no students were on the bus when it collided with the truck, just after 8 a.m. According

Life on the front lines

Jan 15, 2018 / 5:00 am

Photo: Thinkstock, Canadian Press, Wayne Moore, Abbotsford Police, Vernon Search and Rescue Front-line Frequencies is a six-part series in which we talk to five first-responder organizations about the realities of life working on the front lines. There's

Rescue on Boulder Mtn

Jan 12, 2018 / 10:57 am

It keeps happening.  Revelstoke RCMP say search and rescue crews were called again to Boulder Mountain to help three snowmobilers who became lost. On Thursday, they got the call that a man had been separated from his party and was lost



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