Getting ready for a 9-1-1 ball

The first ever 9-1-1 Emergency Services Ball will be held at Emerald Lake Lodge.

Emerald Lake Lodge is the venue for the Golden/Field 1st Annual 9-1-1 Emergency Services Ball.

RCMP Regimental Balls are common all over the country, so local emergency personnel decided to bring that idea to Golden.

“It came up as an idea last year when I first moved here, my hometown does one every year,” said RCMP officer Spencer Lainchbury, one of the event’s organizers. The ball will be modelled after the annual one in Lainchbury’s hometown of Drayton Valley, which is a bit less formal than the traditional Regimental Balls.

“We’re bringing a little bit of that into it, with a couple of the toasts and that sort of thing,” he said.

Hosted by the beautiful Emerald Lake Lodge, the ball features a four-course meal (steak, fish, or vegetarian), followed by a dance.

“I haven’t tried that dinner menu, but I have eaten out there for lunch, and had dinner there. It’s excellent food,” said Lainchbury.

The ball, being organized by Golden/Field RCMP, Golden Fire, Nicholson Fire, Field Fire, BC Ambulance, and CP Police, is in support of STARS Air Ambulance.

“It’s a pretty vital service for us. I’ve been at crashes at the Roger’s summit where they’ve been out at night time. It’s a huge asset to us,” said RCMP officer Chris Wolfram, another organizer. “They really need our support.”

STARS is an Alberta-based, not-for-profit, that transports patients to hospital. Golden is fortunate enough to be served by STARS helicopters, and otherwise would have to wait for a BC Ambulance helicopter from Kamloops or Kelowna.

Representatives from STARS will be at the ball, and a patient who used an air ambulance will be there to talk about the experience.

Attire will be formal (but not black tie), with emergency services personnel wearing their dress uniforms. And feel free to dance the night away before retiring to your room at Emerald Lake Lodge.

Tickets, available at the RCMP Detachment, the Golden Fire Hall, and the Parks Canada Office, are $75 per person. Rooms at the Lodge can be booked by calling 250-343-6321, and quote 9-1-1 Ball for a special room rate.

There will be a cash bar, and Emerald Lake Lodge only accepts cash or credit.

For more information you can contact Spencer Lainchbury at spencer.lainchbury@rcmp-grc.gc.ca, or Chris Wolfram at christopher.wolfram@rcmp-grc.gc.ca.