Kendra was working as a paramedic with BC ambulance when she decided to start her own company with just herself and one mobile treatment centre. Kendra now has 3 mobile treatment centres, a retail first aid supply store and is a DOT certified collection sight for drug and alcohol testing.
Kendra has supplied personnel for a variety of industries including small fly-in exploration camps and large operating mine sites which require up to a paramedic plus mobile treatment center. Kendra explains, “Each job is unique so we supply the client with the medic support that is required for their project.”
A medic working for Kendra would require a minimum of a level 3 first aid ticket and a valid driver’s license. A typical OFA level 3 first aid course takes three weeks to complete. Other tickets like: Workplace Hazardous Material Information System (WH MIS ), Transportation of Dangerous Goods (TD G), Hydrogen Sulfide Training (H2S) and Bear Aware are an asset.
A two week on, two week off rotation is typical in this position. Once on the job the daily duties change from site to site; they may include paper work, light duty jobs around the work site, core handling or kitchen work. The most important role of the medic is safety so they have to be ready to respond to a call at any time.
“There are many opportunities for medics within the exploration and mining industry.” Kendra encourages her
medics to excel in current training and acquire additional tickets. “These skills transfer into many other industries and once you have your paramedic ticket you can work with BC Ambulance.”