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Be the one saving lives


Justin Woodroff thrives on the type of calls that give him an opportunity to use the education and problem-solving abilities he gained while a student at the JIBC Paramedic Academy. Beyond technical skills, his JIBC instructors taught students numerous lessons based on their lengthy experience in the field. (Story by Wanda Chow / Photo by Jimmy Jeong)

 

The call came in as a biking injury in northern Chilliwack, recalled Justin Woodroff, a 24-year-old paramedic with the BC Ambulance Service. The patient had crashed on one of the jumps at the bike park.

When he and his partner arrived, Justin could see this was no routine injury.

“He was under a blanket but we could tell as soon as we got there that his femur was obviously fractured and angulated up towards his torso.”

Thanks to his education in the primary care paramedic program at Justice Institute of British Columbia (JIBC), and his work experience since graduating, Justin was able to make the right decisions to care for the patient. They called for an advanced life support unit and a helicopter staffed with critical care paramedics to fly the patient to hospital.

It’s the sort of case he thrives on, the type that gives him the opportunity to use a lot of his education, tools, skills and problem-solving abilities to help someone in need. Paramedicine is a career path Justin started on at age 19 when he began volunteering with the Cultus Lake Fire Department.

“After responding to various emergencies with the fire department I was hooked on emergency medicine,” he said, adding since high school he had always envisioned working in a science or medical-related field so it was a natural fit.

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Health Sciences Division Justice Institute of British Columbia Paramedic Academy School of Health, Community & Social Justice

Be the one saving lives

August 10, 2016 - Vancouver, BC - Photos for JIBC. Photos by Jimmy Jeong
Matt Anderson is keen to take his JIBC paramedic training home to serve his remote Central BC community. He also hopes to eventually train others to help provide a basic level of medical care for the town’s 800 residents. (Story by Wanda Chow / Photo by Jimmy Jeong)

 

It’s just a week after Matt Anderson successfully completed his paramedic licensing exam and he’s practically bursting to talk about the possibilities that come with his training at the Justice Institute of British Columbia (JIBC).

After all, as the lone certified paramedic in Moricetown, a Wet’suwet’en village in Central BC halfway between Smithers and Hazelton, he and a licenced Emergency Medical Responder (EMR) will be the main regular providers of health care to the approximately 800 residents.

It’ll be yet another role in the community for Matt, who is also a high school teacher for at-risk youth, the town’s driving instructor, one of 12 members of its volunteer fire department, and one of only two certified EMRs.

As a first responder, he said, “It’s 24/7. I have a radio on me and I just go when I’m called.”

The town’s fire chief asked him to become the fire department’s “medical guy” because no one else wanted to do it. In a First Nations community, the close knit nature and location can often result in Aboriginal firefighters and first responders attending to emergencies involving their own families. This can lead to some uncomfortable situations, unique to a small community.  Matt, however, is one of the few non-Aboriginal residents, from a family that’s called Moricetown home for the past 36 years. 

He agreed to the role, was trained in Occupational First Aid Level 1 and enjoyed it so much he started thinking about becoming a paramedic. He attended JIBC to get his EMR certification and then started asking community leaders whether they’d like him to get his paramedic training.

The community leaders agreed and his school supervisor and the fire chief both gave him leaves of absence so he could go through the eight-month process of training for the Primary Care Paramedic Certificate at JIBC’s Chilliwack campus and completing the licensing requirements; the Moricetown Volunteer Fire Department and the Kyah Wiget Education Society he works for helped cover some of the costs; and the Moricetown Band is also behind him.

The JIBC training was everything he’d hoped.

“I just loved it. I ate that program up. I loved the instructors. The instructors in Chilliwack are phenomenal and I hear that from everyone. Really great course.” read more »

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Training that makes a difference: UBC medical student puts her JIBC paramedic training to work in Africa

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This past summer, Tika Okuda spent five weeks in an African country helping to support a local organization providing community health care and education for local health care workers.

A JIBC Primary Care Paramedic (PCP) graduate who is now a second year medical student at UBC, Tika was part of a team that had the opportunity to explore ways to improve hand hygiene in the community, teach community health care workers, and shadow medical professionals in two local hospitals.

She recently shared a story illustrating the value of her paramedic training when she had to help a nurse during the birth of a newborn in a local hospital.

“Since our return, I have been considering the benefits of my paramedic training, and I wanted to acknowledge the amazing instructors that helped build my practical first aid skills and my personal confidence. read more »

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JIBC students, staff and faculty support CPR training throughout B.C.

2015_02FEB_ChilliwackCPR4LIFE-650x300smPrimary Care Paramedic students in Chilliwack showed people of all ages how to do CPR as part of Heart Month in February. (Submitted photo; story by Richard Chu)

 

For Heart Month in February, students, staff and faculty from the Health Sciences Division (HSD) at the Justice Institute of British Columbia (JIBC) helped people of all ages learn about the life-saving value of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).

The public engagement included teaching people how to perform CPR on people in a critical cardiac emergency, and was in support of a friendly challenge from the Vancouver Fire Fighters Community CPR Program as part of its CPR4LIFE campaign.

The activities by HSD participants to build awareness of the value of CPR and automated external defibrillators (AEDs) were varied throughout the province. read more »

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Kelowna paramedic students gain real-world experience at local nursing home

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Hands-on, experiential education and training is a hallmark at Justice Institute of British Columbia. Engaging in active training simulations is one way students learn to apply the knowledge they have gained. But students also gain first-hand knowledge through various opportunities in the community as a result of the meaningful partnerships between JIBC and local public safety agencies and organizations. Recently, students in Kelowna’s Primary Care Paramedic (PCP) Program had the opportunity to gain some experience at a local nursing home.

Kelowna PCP student Jenna Espersen shares some highlights of her cohort’s experience. read more »

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Volunteering an eye-opening experience for JIBC paramedic students in Kelowna

Kelowna PCP 15-06 Group PhotoKelowna paramedic students in Cohort 15-06 have been volunteering and supporting some of the most vulnerable members of their community

 

JIBC Primary Care Paramedic (PCP) students in Kelowna have embraced an opportunity to give back to their community, and in the process, gain a deeper appreciation of the challenges facing people living in vulnerable circumstances.

Over the past two months, PCP students in Cohort 15-06 based out of JIBC’s Okanagan campus have participated in volunteer activities with the Gospel Mission Homeless Shelter, Interior Health’s Street Nurse Community Outreach and HOPE Outreach.

PCP students Emma Jameson and Jenna Espersen recently shared their cohort’s experiences so far. read more »

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JIBC Primary Care Paramedic Program going paperless

JIBC PCP students with their iPad mini tabletsStudents in the Primary Care Paramedic Program at JIBC’s Chilliwack campus were the first class to have their required reference materials available in a digital format (Submitted photo)

 

Student teams in the Primary Care Paramedic (PCP) program at JIBC don’t have to lug around heavy binders anymore. The program has taken a significant step closer to being completely paperless.

Last month, teams of four PCP students in Chilliwack started using Apple iPad mini tablets to access their required reference materials. The change was part of an overall redesign of the PCP program and eliminated the need to carry printed materials, particularly 2,400 pages of course materials required per team that describes more than 400 paramedic simulations practiced as part of the curriculum. read more »

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Rick Mercer: Paramedic for a day

On September 9, 2013, our Kelowna campus hosted a notable and enthusiastic Canadian visitor: the one, the only Rick Mercer and his team from CBC Television’s The Rick Mercer Report.

While filming took place, the rest of JIBC was sworn to secrecy until the show aired on October 15.

The spontaneous invitation came from read more »