LETHBRIDGE: In the wake of the super typhoon that's devastated the Philippines, a Lethbridge firefighter/paramedic is joining the recovery effort.
Mark Matheson leaves Saturday morning for three weeks with the non-profit group GlobalMedic. They've assisted in relief efforts following disasters all over the planet.
He went over their main goal once they hit the ground, "Primarily what people need the most is the basic needs, unfortunately right in the storm path there, they've lost absolutely everything and many of them unfortunately their lives. What we want to try and do is get them their basic needs, water, food and shelter."
Matheson also noted the role his co-workers played in helping him go, "I'm a firefighter/paramedic with the city here and I'm nothing special, all the guys on the job that's the way we are, that's the cloth we're cut from. Many of them want to help out as well, and if it wasn't for them actually supporting me and covering my shifts, I wouldn't be going."
While talking about the work that GlobalMedic does all over the world, Matheson pointed out that they are reliant on donations. You can support their efforts at www.globalmedic.ca.