Dedicated Volunteers

Big Tancook Island Emergency Response Association (BTIERA) is a non-profit, volunteer organization started in 1998 on Tancook Island to provide emergency medical care and covered transportation, whether it is via the Tancook ferry or to the Lifeflight landing zone on the island.

BTIERA was started by Julia Stick when her mother, a new resident, needed to get off the island for emergency medical care and was transported to the ferry on the back of the local garbage truck. Feeling the need for a proper transporting vehicle, Julia spearheaded the group that would eventually acquire a decommissioned ambulance and train volunteers as medical first responders and others in First Aid.  When the province’s 911 service came into effect, BTIERA became part of the system, responding to calls coming from the island.

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