Elkford, British Columbia

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Introduction

The District of Elkford, with a population of 2,463 as of 2006, within the Rocky Mountains 32 km North of *Sparwood. RCMP services are provided by the Elk Valley Regional RCMP detachment. Elkford is served by Elkford Fire Rescue (EFR). Emergency health services are provided to the Districtby the British Columbia Ambulance Service (BCAS).

Police

Elkford is served by a regional RCMP service, Elk Valley RCMP; PRIME code 'EV'.

Frequencies

139.5600 - RCMP F
139.5300 - RCMP G

Dispatch

The Elk Valley RCMP are dispatched from the Kelowna Operational Communications Centre (OCC).

Fire

Elkford Fire Rescue (EFR) is a composite department operating out of 1 station. The fire department has 1 full-time fire chief and a complement of volunteers. EFR provides fire suppression, motor vehicle extrication and rescue services to the district as well as medical first responder services for medical calls. EFR is building a Regional Training Facility in 2011 which will have a heliport attached for 24/7/365 operations.

Frequencies

169.0200 - Dispatch and Operations
155.4600 - Fire Comm. Channel - inter agency and STARS

Ambulance

The British Columbia Ambulance Service (BCAS) operates 1 station located at the Elkford Fire Rescue station on Balmer Drive.

Frequencies

149.6800 - Elkford Interconnect ICTACT1
149.2600 - Elkford Repeater RPTR K 

BCAS also uses these special operation channels throughout all of its regions which are dispatched on VHF frequencies.

158.7600 - Provincial Air Ambulance Operations - 123.0
149.4950 - Helicopter Air-to-Ground
149.5900 - Mass Casualty Incident - 123.0
155.4600 - FIRECOM 1
155.8900 - FIRECOM 2

Station 405

Station 405 is located at 2300 Balmer Drive with Elkford Fire Rescue. This station runs 1 callout car but due to staff shortages it may not be manned and an ambulance will respond from Sparwood

405K1 - BLS - Callout car 24/7

The station is manned entirely by part-time paramedics.

A common cross coverage location is Highway 43 at Line Creek Mine Rd for coverage of the Sparwood and Elkford areas.

STARS

The Shock Trauma Air Rescue Society (STARS) provides airevac air ambulance helicopter services to the East Kootenay region of the province. STARS is billed to the Province of BC for each flight. Certain BCAS MPDS criteria may lead to an autolaunch of STARS. BCAS paramedics may also request STARS be launched once on scene based on certain injuries. When a BCAS crew activates STARS it may be directed to the scene or to intercept at the hospital. STARS may also respond to the hospital based on a doctor's request. STARS flying time to Cranbrook from their Calgary Airport base is 49 minutes

Frequencies

155.460 - Fire Commissioners Chan
422.55 - STARS Tac (On Scene Communications)

Call-Signs

C - Aviation Crew
P - Flight Paramedic
N - Flight Nurse

SAR

Elkford Search and Rescue operates Search and Rescue operations in the area.

Frequencies

149.525 - Morrisey Repeater 
148.685 - Simplex/Talk around
149.495 - Sparwood Repeater
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