Volunteers should be insured

Bureaucrats counting beans need reminding that cutting a few dollars on safety is bad economics that costs more in the end.

West Boundary Road Rescue has asked support of local governments in their fight for compensation and insurance coverage when flagging at accident scenes until Ministry of Highways flagging crews relieve them.

Provincial policy states that, “Flagging is only authorized for ensuring the safety of the emergency services personnel involved in the removal of the subject(s). Once the subject(s) are safely extricated, flagging is no longer covered.”

Road rescue would like that changed so they are funded while flagging until a Highways flagging crew is on scene. They also ask that coverage by WCB, accidental death and dismemberment, and liability insurance cover road rescue groups until suitable traffic control, flagging from the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure is in place.

In the past WBRR has remained on scene providing flagging for the safety of RCMP and ambulance personnel.

It may be Ministry of Highways responsibility to provide flagging but if they are not on scene and road rescue is, it would make sense to use road rescue crews if they are already there. They are trained and have the equipment.

The alternative is to leave the RCMP and ambulance emergency personnel at an accident scene without proper traffic control available.

This is not the way to protect and respect those who stand ready, day or night, to rush to aid those in trouble on our highways.

For the sake of our loved ones, the government should allow road rescue to provide the service until flaggers paid by Highways are on site. These volunteers should be covered by insurance while providing the service. The quarrel between two government offices over who should pay the bill should be sorted out later.

 

Just Posted

Greenwood man dies following head-on collision

The crash kept the highway closed for most of the day Tuesday

Man who pledged to give B.C. hockey team millions charged with fraud

Mike Gould has since repaid $8,000 he allegedly owed Cranbrook restaurant, owner says

Columbia River Treaty to be renegotiated in early 2018

News came in a Tweet from the U.S. Department of State

Site C dam goes ahead, cost estimate now up to $10.7 billion

Premier John Horgan says Christy Clark left him no other choice

Phoenix Racers receive donation

The Heritage Credit Union donated towards some new equipment.

VIDEO: Average Canadian food bill to rise by $348 in 2018

Atlantic Canada and B.C. will see the most increases for consumers

More than 20,000 pounds of garbage removed from riverside homeless camps

Two camps taken down last week on the banks of the Fraser and Chilliwack rivers

Suspect in Revelstoke standoff killed himself: RCMP

Mohammadali Darabi, suspect in the Calgary homicide of his roommate, was stopped in Revelstoke

Clinton visits Vancouver, applauds Trudeau, celebrates Democrats’ win in Alabama

Clinton told crowd she cheered when Prime Minister Justin Trudeau appointed the country’s first gender-balanced cabinet.

VIDEO: Salt Spring Islanders ferry piano to their floating home

Everyone enjoys a little music on the water, but not everyone has a piano on their boat

Bomb detonated in Kamloops neighbourhood

Kamloops RCMP are investigating after an improvised explosive device was detonated Wednesday morning

No More Shootouts: Strong defence will be Canada’s backbone at world juniors

Head coach doesn’t want a situation where a hot goalie or a lucky bounce can determine a team’s fate

Proposed snowmobiles along Sicamous roads concern RCMP

RCMP, ICBC and province not yet on-board with proposed off-road bylaw in the B.C. Interior

‘Assemble your own meal’ kits grow into $120M industry in Canada

Kits offer a middle ground between eating out and grocery shopping

Most Read