Reader D. Wilson submitted these three photos of yesterday’s rope rescue.[unitegallery rope_rescue_08_2016]
SPN welcomes reader photos. A time ago, before the many staff changes at the Municipal office, former fire chief Steve Sorensen published details of traffic incidents and fires on his Twitter account. We passed it along. SPN found these details to be an excellent traffic management tools, enabling people to delay or divert their travel as appropriate. The as-it-happens information was also useful to ease concerns when a structure or wildfire happened in Sooke, providing details to people who work outside of Sooke.
These communications mediums are no longer being utilized, so SPN is turning to the community to fill the gap.
To continue with Sorensen’s past practice of open communication, SPN is calling on the residents of Sooke to take and submit photographs … if—and only if—it is safe for you to do so. We kindly request that you don’t impede the work of emergency workers and that you don’t put yourself in the path of of danger. What we are asking is if you are already there and you have a non-driving person and a smart phone available, that you take a photo and send it to SPN.
Our email address is publisher @ sooke DOT pocketnews DOT ca (because we’re Canadian, eh!). While we need to know who you really are, we can credit you by name, initials or anonymously.
What we won’t publish, and why
When an accident is involved, Sooke PocketNews will not publish identifiers (face, licence plates, etc.). We leave the job of identifying and notifying people to the proper authorities. We do not follow up on anyone injured or hurt, unless specifically requested by them. We do not report on ambulance calls. We do not first-report on deaths. In those cases we wait for notification from the RCMP.
What we will publish, and why
SPN reports on crashes, rescues and emergency incidents as a community service. Crashes and rescues can impact travel. We have the technology to communicate delays to our readership, so we do what we can, when we can. Fires can also impact personal safety, and we believe people have a right to know when there is a structure fire or a wildfire in their vicinity. We further report on fires to effectively divert traffic. It is our belief that sharing this information benefits both commuters and emergency workers tending to the crisis.
Finally, we report on preventable incidents with the belief that others may learn from mistakes. An informed public is empowered.
It goes without saying, we always hope for a positive outcome.
- Crash, fire or rescue? SPN calls on community for photos (and what we will publish and what we won’t)
- Rope rescue required at the Sooke Potholes
- Saturday evening call to Potholes ends tragically
- Sooke fire responds to two separate calls at the Potholes