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General News · 26th January 2016
Paul Brewer
In 1988, concerned members of the Cortes community formed the Cortes Island First Aid Society [CIFAS]. They were trained in basic first aid and for the next four years provided volunteer service to the island.
In 1992, the British Columbia Ambulance Service [BCAS] opened a station on Cortes which continued and expanded that service.
Twenty-three years later, on December 31, 2015, Julia Rendall, the last of the original CIFAS members retired from BCAS. Over the past twenty-seven years Julia has served the community at all hours of the day and night, no matter the weather, attending hundreds of calls for help. Besides her busy personal life, Julia has put in hours of training to enhance her skills and to maintain her certification as a paramedic.
Without fail Julia has happily mentored new members as they have joined the crew over the years and never hesitated to share her experience and training with them. Julia’s energy and presence with the ambulance service will be sorely missed and we wish her a long and productive retirement with a few giggles thrown in for good measure.