Bright Light Interview with Randal Johnson Jr.

Randal Johnson Jr.

Lax Kw’alaams

Member of the Lax Kw’alaams Fire Department

25 years old

Interviewed by Liz Wilson on January 17, 2020

In January 2020, FNESS staff had the pleasure of working with Randal Johnson Jr at the Fire Prevention Youth Camp in Lax Kw’alaams.  His community – Lax Kw’alaams – is on the BC Northwest Coast and is reached by ferry from Prince Rupert.

Randal is passionate about helping people. When he was 16, Randal participated in the Blade Runner Program for Indigenous youth.  Life skills and training opportunities for employment were part of this summer program along with a first aid course. This experience led him into a career as a first responder. After he completed the program, Randal’s first job was as a first aider at the Lax’ Kw’alaams Fish Plant. 

Randal continues to develop his skills and obtain certifications. He received his certification as an Emergency Medical Responder through the Justice Institute of BC in Terrace. In his position as an EMR, Randal transports patients to the nursing station and assists the nurses to provide medical care.  As a result of this work with the nurses, he is now considering returning to school to become a registered nurse.

Randal’s High Angle and Rope Rescue training certifications have also provided him with job opportunities. He is a proud member of the fire department and the Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue Unit 65 based in Lax Kw’alaams.  This is one of 33 rescue stations on the BC West Coast and in the Interior.  Lax Kw’alaams has a dedicated search and rescue vessel. Their local crew, led by their Fire Chief, are on call around the clock, 365 days a year.

The Lax Kw’alaams Fire Chief James Henry Sr, his community, and his family are very proud of Randal.  The whole community relies on his dedicated service and ongoing training to provide a high level of care to Lax Kw’alaams.

Thank you, Randal, for your dedication to your community!

randalRandall Johnson Jr. (left) and FNESS instructor Reo Jerome (right) get suited up at the Lax Kw’alaams 2020 Youth Engagement Camp.

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Facilitators and volunteers for the Lax Kw’alaams Youth Engagement Camp. From left to right: Tim Mills, Fire Chief James Henry Sr., Reo Jerome, and Randal Johnson Jr.