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Firefighters Charitable Society donates AED to Delta Lifeboat

Delta Firefighters’ Charitable Society steps up again to help in our community
Pictured left to right; Brian Cook, CLI board member; David Ayton, Deputy Chief, Delta Fire Department; Kristy Storey, Delta Firefighter & Charitable Society Secretary; John Horton, Officer in Charge, Delta Lifeboat. Delta Fire Department Photo

The Canadian Lifeboat Institution (CLI), a search and rescue team fully recognized by the Canadian Coast Guard, offers assistance to mariners in distress in the Fraser River, Gulf of Georgia and adjacent waters, which include the coastal waters around Delta and Richmond.

Over the years, while on waterway assignments or patrol, the CLI has provided medical assistance to people for heart attacks, strokes, head injuries, limb amputations and hypothermia.

The mission of the CLI is “Saving Lives at Sea.”

Due to the pandemic, CLI crews, which are all volunteers, were unable to update their first aid training.

“Delta Lifeboat is an important part of the City of Delta’s Emergency Services Program,” said Delta’s Emergency Program Deputy Chief, Dave Ayton. “In May, Delta Lifeboat volunteers attended a first aid training session held at Boundary Bay Firehall No. 4 which was instructed by two Delta Firefighters. All participants trained in emergency first aid, CPR, operating an AED, and are now re-certified.”

In support of the important work Delta Lifeboat offers the community, the Delta Firefighters’ Charitable Society was proud to donate a new AED to be carried on the Delta Lifeboat, adding to the compliment of life-saving tools.

“We were so appreciative to have received this training provided by Delta Fire and have our people re-certified while learning some new first aid skills,” said John Horton, Officer in charge of Delta Lifeboat.

Horton, a previous member of the British Royal Navy, has been volunteering for CLI since 1988.