What trying times we are living in; Covid, the fires and the general sadness that seems to be out there !!! Wow!!!
Over the past week as a patient I have had the unfortunate privilege to be a daily witness to the Vernon Jubilee Hospital emergency department mayhem, I feel so bad for these tireless insanely overworked individuals!!! It made me think of all the other emergency personal out there.
So go ahead to today, Friday the 13th of August and as I wait in the emergency for my treatment I am looking at a young man who is obviously exhausted…a young forest fire fighter…oh I just want to hug him and tell him that he will be ok. I don’t know if he will or not…he’s exhausted!!! He sits slumped in the chair, head hanging and legs spread out in front of him. He shakes his head every once in awhile to wake himself up. You can smell the acrid smoke wafting off of him and see the ash and dirt smudged into his clothing and his skin. He’s waiting to be seen by the Dr. I don’t know what happened to him from here but I can’t help but to think of all those other souls out there battling this blaze of craziness!!!!
I hope people realize how hard our emergency personal are working! I’m hoping we don’t paint those individuals with the same governmental paint brush as the decision makers (good or bad)!!!
These people in the fires are fighting daily, hourly and minute by minute and are putting their lives on the line for all of us!
I know the system we have today needs to change, as there simply isn’t enough hands to protect everyone’s homes and lands as they are limited in numbers and by government controls. So let’s make that change but not by calling the fighters names, not by abusing their hard work, by lobbying the government, by making a stand to protect ourselves and others! Maybe we need to go back to the way it was years ago and enlist “regular” people to fight as well. Allow those individuals to stay on their properties to fight the fires. As the old saying goes “many hands make light work”. Yes, I know it’s dangerous but for Pete’s sake we have to come to some kind of happy medium along the way somewhere. We NEED TO STOP TAKING IT OUT ON THE WORKERS!!!
These fire fighters, nurses, ambulance personal, Doctors, house keepers, porters, greeters, volunteers, etc etc etc…are working long long hours facing people on a daily basis who are frightened, sick, exhausted, bewildered, confused and are as frustrated as everyone else!
I just want to give a shout out to all these people, if I wore a hat I’d take it off to them!!!
Let’s try to be kind…
Christine Rawcliffe, Lumby, BC