A new device has been purchased through the municipal partnership between Mountain View County & the town of Olds. As a result, the Physio Control 3.1 Automated CPR Device will be used by the Olds Fire Department.
The municipal partnership with Mountain View County and the Town of Olds made a joint purchase of a Physio Control Lucas 3.1 Automated CPR Device for use by the Olds Fire Department
Fire Chief Justin Andrew says it has been a long withstanding problem for emergency service personnel when responding to calls for cardiac arrest.
The reason the Automated CPR Device was purchased by the municipalities for the Olds Fire Department was because presently it is not a required item for EMS to carry.
The fire department is auto dispatched to any cardiac arrest call within its jurisdiction to assist already, so the device will come along and be readily available.
He says there was an identified need for the device with recent medical studies and survival rates.
Andrew adds, the OFD's call volume is at 330 calls for service so far this year which is on pace to traditional numbers.
Fire Chief Jusin Andrew says currently their membership sits at about 36 members and they would always like to maintain at least 40.
The Olds Fire Department actively recruited members during the month of October.
The Christmas shopping season starts in Uptowne Olds with Midnight Madness on Friday, November 16th. There will also be entertainment throughout the evening and the Picket Fence Market is taking place in the old Sidestreet building from 3 until 10pm.
An incident occurred just before 9:00pm on Friday, November 9th. Rocky Mountain House RCMP responded to a complaint of an altercation at a gas station on the Sunchild First Nation. One man was seriously injured and transported to the hospital where he later died. Two other people suffered non life-threatening injuries.
Owner of Olds Uptowne Market and Shirley's Greenhouse Dawn Buschert says it is important to shop locally. When talking to other local businesses, she notes sales have been much slower in 2018 compared to past years and it has been a bit of a struggle this fall. Buschert adds, local businesses are hoping and counting on foot traffic to pick up for the Christmas shopping season.
Next year, a new two-day event in Olds will feature education workshops, in-field demonstrations and an exhibit fair profiling the latest agriculture technology innovations. The first edition of the AgSmart expo will run on August 13th and 14th of 2019 on the Olds College campus.
The Olds High School Spartans Senior Girls volleyball team will be hosting the South Central Zones this weekend. Spartans Head Coach Wanda Vandervelden says 8 teams from across the zone are coming from places including Brooks in the east to Canmore in the west.
The 2018 edition of the Hometown Christmas in Innisfail is coming up on Saturday, November 17th. There are kids crafts from 10-noon with Innisfail Parent Link and horse drawn wagon rides from 2-4 starting at the fire hall. Businesses will have customer appreciation deals throughout the day and don't forget your santa sleigh stamp card for double stamp day.
Local residents have a chance to get started on their General Education Development (GED) in the new year. The Mountain View Communities Adult Learning Society will be running a GED prep program starting on January 15th.
The Innisfail Legion's annual Remembrance Day Memorial Service will begin at 9:45am in the auditorium on November 11th. At around 10:45 on Sunday, community members are invited to assemble at the Cenotaph for a wreath laying ceremony and two-minutes of silence at 11 o'clock. The bells of peace will also ring at 5 o'clock in downtown Innisfail.
The Olds Royal Canadian Legion Branch #105 Community Remembrance Day Ceremony is Sunday, November 11th in the Ralph Klein Centre. Doors open at 9:30am. Leslie Manchur - the Poppy Chairman and Sergeant at Arms for the Olds Legion - says parking will be limited, so those who want to attend are strongly encouraged to car pool.
Scott Guenthner from Provost won the steer wrestling championship at the 2018 Canadian Finals Rodeo in Red Deer. It was the first career CFR victory for him in his fifth appearance at the event. Guenthner wound up with $69,899.44 in earnings in Canada this season to lead the money list.
Ky Marshall from Bowden achieved one of his goals for this season with a top five finish in bareback at the 2018 Canadian Finals Rodeo. The 26 year old says that means he qualifies for next summer's Calgary Stampede.