Months after tragedy, Pikangikum First Nation receives emergency training program for community members – CBC

Apr 11, 2023

10 community members graduated from program at the end of March

After a tragic house fire in Pikangikum earlier this year, which claimed the lives of three people after cold weather caused mechanical issues with both of the community fire trucks, a training program was established for community members.

The training program comes from Independent First Nation Alliance, which serves Pikangikum, Lac Seul, Whitesand, Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug, and Muskrat Dam First Nation. The goal is to train community members to be Emergency Medical Responders (EMR)

At the end of February, Pikangikum recently had their first graduating class.

Nicholas Rhone is the fire chief of IFNA Regional Fire Rescue and IFNA Integrated Emergency Services Director, and he said this program is a way to help close one of the longstanding gaps in communities in terms of medical gaps.

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