Gatineau Park emergency measures pass test


by admin on November 25, 2010

The Editor,

On behalf of a good friend, I wish to thank everyone involved in an emergency rescue in Gatineau Park on Friday, Nov. 19.

I was hiking in a group of five friends about two or three kilometres out on Kennedy Rd. (P17). One of our members tripped, and it was immediately apparent that she would be unable to walk out. She was in extreme pain. It was cool and the sun was beginning to disappear behind the hills.

To make a long story short, we were able to contact 911. By the time two members of the group arrived at the trailhead, an ambulance, police, NCC, and Demsis were all waiting. They were able to access the accident site with two 4-wheel drive trucks and an ATV with special equipment for transporting injury victims.

Our friend was taken to the Wakefield Hospital, then on to Hull where she had surgery and is now recovering.

Everyone involved – the 911 operator, paramedics, Demsis and NCC personnel, MRC police, medical people at both hospitals – were so efficient and kind. We are grateful to them. And our injured friend was incredibly brave despite the terrible pain and cold. Hats off to all of you!

What we learned was that the emergency system worked extremely well. But be prepared for the unexpected. Hike with friends, carry emergency supplies, including extra clothing and a “space” blanket, and, if at all possible, two charged cellphones.

Rose Ann Reid

Chelsea, Quebec