CFB Comox SAR Tech helping Comox Valley prepare for disaster

Nicolas Meunier is a National Defence search and rescue team leader who has a masters degree in disaster and emergency management.

Nicolas Meunier has completed a research project with local emergency personnel about co-ordination in case of disaster in the Comox Valley.

Call him the master of disaster if you will.

His name is Nicolas Meunier, a National Defence search and rescue team leader who has a masters degree in disaster and emergency management.

The CFB Comox SAR Tech (Search and Rescue technician) has completed a research project with local emergency personnel about co-ordination in case of disaster in the Valley. The project examines the level of collaboration in terms of disaster response and training techniques between the base and its civilian partners.

He says the research represents a paradigm shift to confirm and re-orient more than 30 disaster and emergency groups in the Valley, including CFB Comox.

“It’s a brand new field,” Sgt. Meunier said after presenting his conclusions and recommendations with members of the Comox Valley Emergency Program. “What the people start to understand is preparedness and education could save a lot of issues and a lot of struggle during the response and the recovery phase. The more you prepare the better chance you survive in a disaster.”

Meunier has been deployed overseas nine times for disaster relief missions, humanitarian help, and war zone and international security in collaboration with the United Nations, NATO and governments around the world. He was a team leader in Haiti when the Caribbean nation was devastated by an earthquake in 2010.

reporter@comoxvalleyrecord.com

 

Just Posted

B.C. declares state of emergency as more than 560 wildfires rage

This is only the fourth state of emergency ever issued during a fire season

More than 22,000 blood donors needed

Canadian Blood Services is urging Canadians to help meet patients’ needs this… Continue reading

Courtenay Volunteer Fire Department to hold Tour de Rock fundraiser

On Sunday, Aug. 19, the Courtenay Volunteer Fire Department will be having… Continue reading

Trevor’s trust fund supports restorative project in Courtenay

Ashwell family donates $10,000 to Kus-kus-sum

Close finish at Nautical Days 4-Mile Road Race

Unique road race nears 50th year

Average Canadian family spends 43% of income on taxes: study

Fraser Institute’s consumer report shows taxes accounting for larger chunk of income each year

Are you Canada’s next Masterchef?

Home cooks looking to follow their cuisine dreams can apply now.

Regional climate adaptation agriculture testing to expand in B.C.

Ottawa funds farm projects to conserve water, remove invasive species

VIDEO: B.C. brother-and-sister RCMP officers Amazing Race Canada Heroes Edition

Courtney and Taylor Callens have become the team to beat

‘Can’t erase history’ by tearing down statues, Minister says

Environment Minister Catherine McKenna spoke on the contentious removal of John A. Macdonald

Man seriously injured in Lower Mainland home explosion

Police are trying to figure out what led to a homemade explosive detonating in a Coquitlam home

Canadian soccer captain Christine Sinclair continues to lead fight against MS

Burgers to Beat MS has raised more than $11 million since its inception in 2009

VIDEO: Post-surgery monologue comedy gold

If you’ve ever had surgery with anaesthetic you know the coming out of it process can be a treat.

LETTERS: Doctors speak out on surgical wait times for B.C. patients

‘Governments know they will lose private clinic lawsuit’

Most Read