From left to right, Harmonie Blais of the B.C. Ambulance Service, Tina Ooishi of Canada Post, and Port Clements Fire Chief Craig Beachy show display copies of two new Emergency Responders stamps that Canada post recently unveiled to honour paramedics and firefighters. (Andrew Hudson/Haida Gwaii Observer)

Port post office delivers a thank-you to first responders

Commemerative stamps honour firefighters, police, SAR teams, paramedics, and armed forces

Firefighters and paramedics in Port Clements got a welcome surprise the night of Nov. 7 — a call with cupcakes.

Tina Ooishi, a postal worker with Canada Post, asked to speak at Port Clements volunteer firefighters’ regular hall practice together with all the local paramedics.

Ooishi said she was given a rare chance to thank the first responders for all they do to keep the village safe.

Canada Post recently unveiled a set of five stamps to honour emergency responders: paramedics, firefighters, military, SAR experts, and police.

As a lasting thank-you, Ooishi presented the firefighters and paramedics with framed posters of their stamps to hang in their stations.

One shows two paramedics giving life-saving treatment with an air ambulance in the background. The other shows firefighters battling flames.

While the posters may be displayed for many years, the same cannot be said for Ooishi’s other thank-you. The tray of cupcakes by Alex Rinfret triggered a response time too quick for the Observer to count.

 

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