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February 2, 2017 12:00 AM

JOIN THE TEAM The Lloydminster Rescue Squad is looking for recruits and is offering to pay for much of the required training, according to Captain Ryan LeBlanc. SUPPLIED PHOTO

Lloyd Rescue looking for a few good men and women

The Lloydminster Rescue Squad is looking for some new blood to round up its membership, after it saw a bit of a decline due to some members retiring.
“We’re looking for people over the age of 18, we do require they have a first aid level C CPR, that is one minimum requirement for us, but as far as any previous extrication experience, it’s preferred, but not necessary,” said squad captain Ryan LeBlanc.
“We’re open to meeting with all kinds of people and if anybody is interested in joining, we’re more than happy to talk to them.”
Those who sign up for the volunteer position would be provided with extrication training, search and rescue, as well as water and ice rescue training.
The Lloydminster Rescue Squad responds to motor vehicle collisions, the above mentioned ice and water rescue, basic search and rescue activities, and with the acquisition of a drone, can now do air searches aided by thermal imaging.
Due to the retirement of some members the squad has dropped to 16 individuals and is looking to add five more to the roster.
“It’s something that’s needed in our community and our surrounding area; without people doing this kind of thing, it makes it tough if somebody gets into a collision,” LeBlanc said.
“So it’s really good for the community to have and it’s something that’s needed.”
The squad is also active around the Border City in other capacities, like its yearly gala and involvement with the Lloydminster Agricultural Exhibition Association, with which it helps during events like the Colonial Days Fair, as well as doing medical aid with the Mount Joy Snow Resort.
“It’s a lot of fun,” said LeBlanc. “It’s kind of like a family, we’re all here for each other and it’s fun to be a part of.”
Anyone looking to sign up simply has to fill out an application, undergo an interview, and if eligible, will be contacted for a secondary interview before joining the squad.
Those interested are asked to call LeBlanc at 780-872-9039.

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