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Coal Valley Mine and HRH s CHOOL Times

team up to Save a Life Times

by Stephanie Babych

Coal Valley Mine and Holy Redeemer High School
sent three first aid teams to Edmonton on Saturday,
April 30, to compete against teams from across the
province in the annual St. John Ambulance
Provincial First Aid Competition, where Coal
Valley took home first place in their category.
For the last six years, Coal Valley has sent teams to
participate in the competition. This year they were
able to form two teams of four first aiders. Both
teams competed in the Advanced First Aid
category. This was the first year that Coal Valley
sponsored a team of first aiders from Holy
Redeemer and the rookie team was excited to
compete in the Standard First Aid bracket, against
seven other teams.
The highly intense competition has each team enter
the same scenario where they are given 20 minutes
to perform first aid to the best of their ability. Team
members achieve points for assessing the
casualties properly, triaging the injuries and
treating according to need. This year the scenario
took place at a concert where the stage had
collapsed and six audience members sustained Coal Valley Mine's team, led by Tristan Meade (right) and teammates Mike Martin, Ryan Muzyka and Kevin
various injuries, some were left in critical Delorme (left to right), wins first place in the Advanced First Aid category at the St. John Ambulance First Aid
condition. Competition on Saturday, April 30. photo Stephanie Babych.
“There was so much build up before we walked
into the scenario. When I walked in I panicked a Jamie Willows. been hosting first aid competitions since 1880 which
bit” Erin Rodger, a member of the Holy Redeemer Captain Tristan Meade led his Coal Valley team to aim to promote excellent first aid practices and
Rebels team, said about the competition, “And the gold medal, after his team assessed and treated encourage first aiders to tune their skills. This year
then my captain gave me the amputated leg the casualties extraordinarily well. Meade's team had the competition was held in West Edmonton Mall,
casualty to handle and I did my best but it was first aid competition veterans, Mike Martin and which introduced a wider audience to the
tough.” Kevin Delorme, as well as rookie first aider, Ryan competition. Not only did the new venue bring a
Although the Rebels didn't take home any awards, Muzyka. Unfortunately only one of the Coal Valley bigger audience, but St. John encouraged those
their coach and Coal Valley's safety supervisor, Ian teams could win, since they competed in the same watching to bring the competition online on Twitter
Babych, was very happy with how they performed. category. The other Coal Valley team, led by strong through #savealife2016.
“While I was watching other teams run through the captain, Stan Murray, was
scenario before it was the Rebels' turn, I was comprised of veteran,
nervous for them. I knew that they would be able John Kelly, and rookies,
to treat the minor injuries, but I don't think there Jason Newman and Jim
was enough time to really go over how to care for Cosgrove. Babych was
an electric shock. So I wasn't sure how they would impressed with how both
do treating that. But they stepped up their game teams performed and is
and treated every casualty well” Babych said about looking forward to next
the High School team, which consisted of Captain year's competition.
Kayley Miller, Jordan Babych, Erin Rogers, and St. John Ambulance has

Parkland School

ACES visit local farm

Perspective” Today the ACES
A Student View program went to visit a
local farm. The day
started off with an
outdoor picnic before
going to experience all
of the animals.
We were able to see
chickens, ducks, baby
chicks, lambs, sheep,
rabbits, and a turkey;
we were even allowed
to touch and hold some
of the animals.
Our students had a
great time visiting and
learning about all of
the animals thanks to
Ginette and Blair
Martin for allowing
o u r p r o g r a m t o
experience what they
Parkland School student Bradley Sankey holding
a duckling during the ACES program visit to a had to offer.
local farm recently.
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