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CFB Kingston - Scared of needles?
« on: March 09, 2011, 22:04:31 »
Was wondering today... what's up with military people not showing up to give blood? They came up short of like 10 people today at the Museum... 40(!) was their quota.
(in all fairness, they usually meet their quota on Fridays - normal blood drive day)

Queen's get 400+ donations in a day, and a 8000+ people base can't get 40? Really confused...

So... why don't people give blood? Isn't fair to say that blood given here eventually end up going overseas and may save soldiers' lives? (actual question)

Lady there said CFB Kingston "committed" to 170 donations a year (part of some "partnership") .. 170 donations again, for a 8000+ base... doesn't it seem low and easily achievable?

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Re: CFB Kingston - Scared of needles?
« Reply #1 on: March 09, 2011, 22:09:18 »
Advertising seemed pretty low, I only knew there was a blood drive because to get to work I pass the Museum.

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Re: CFB Kingston - Scared of needles?
« Reply #2 on: March 09, 2011, 22:13:20 »
Afghanistan being a malaria risk zone might have something to do with it. Those who deploy cannot donate for 1-3 years after departing a malaria risk zone.
http://www.bloodservices.ca/CentreApps/Internet/UW_V502_MainEngine.nsf/page/E_malaria-deferrals?OpenDocument
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Re: CFB Kingston - Scared of needles?
« Reply #3 on: March 09, 2011, 22:31:12 »
There's a fairly long list of disqualifications - if you spent too much time in the UK, no go.  If you've received a vaccine recently, no go.  If you've travelled t oany one of a number of countries with high risk for some pathogens recently, no go.

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Re: CFB Kingston - Scared of needles?
« Reply #4 on: March 09, 2011, 23:11:10 »
From what I can tell RMC gets a descent turnout every time I see them at the college.
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Re: CFB Kingston - Scared of needles?
« Reply #5 on: March 10, 2011, 00:29:17 »
So... why don't people give blood? Isn't fair to say that blood given here eventually end up going overseas and may save soldiers' lives? (actual question)

Simple answer - very unlikely.  Blood banking and the specific products used is a very complex issue that is unlikely to be discussed on these means.   Different countries have different restrictions on the screening of blood products.  The Role 3 hospital in KAF is under US command.  Some interesting reading here on US military using walking blood banks that will give you some clues:

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Re: CFB Kingston - Scared of needles?
« Reply #6 on: March 10, 2011, 07:40:17 »
I have to agree with the lack of advertising.  I didn't know about it until I ran into a friend from Base who had donated.  I would have, but I recently donated and am not allowed to donate until 11 Apr.

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Re: CFB Kingston - Scared of needles?
« Reply #7 on: March 10, 2011, 07:47:10 »
Didn't know about it until I read this post.  Having said that, since I had a bad experience at a Blood Doner Clinic in Halifax, I have not donated.  I was however part of the walking blood bank in KAF last time I was there.
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Re: CFB Kingston - Scared of needles?
« Reply #8 on: March 10, 2011, 09:07:42 »
Having said that, since I had a bad experience at a Blood Doner Clinic in Halifax, I have not donated. 
I used to donate blood every four months, then I too had a bad doner experience, in Kingston; Canadian Blood Services will never see me again.


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Re: CFB Kingston - Scared of needles?
« Reply #9 on: March 10, 2011, 09:14:14 »
Bottom line is...........it's VOL...UNT...ARY.

Failure to draw donors can't be placed 100% on the same, and chiding them seldom works.
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Re: CFB Kingston - Scared of needles?
« Reply #10 on: March 10, 2011, 09:37:32 »
Queen's get 400+ donations in a day, and a 8000+ people base can't get 40? Really confused...

I was born and raised in Kingston, first posting was Kingston and I'm posted back this summer...I find it very hard to believe there are 8000+ people employed on the base...
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Re: CFB Kingston - Scared of needles?
« Reply #11 on: March 10, 2011, 09:41:22 »
I was born and raised in Kingston, first posting was Kingston and I'm posted back this summer...I find it very hard to believe there are 8000+ people employed on the base...

It's the largest employer in Kingston and the second largest military base (by personnel) in Canada.  Remember, this includes RMC.
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Re: CFB Kingston - Scared of needles?
« Reply #12 on: March 10, 2011, 09:45:11 »
...I find it very hard to believe there are 8000+ people employed on the base...
Try crossing the causeway at morning/evening 'rush hour.' The never-ending debate about building a third crossing isn't because of the crowd-drawing ability of the C&E Museum.

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Re: CFB Kingston - Scared of needles?
« Reply #13 on: March 10, 2011, 09:48:29 »
I had a bad experience at a Blood Doner Clinic in Halifax, I have not donated.

I had a bad donair experience in Halifax once...


I am concerned that they're changing their processes, and reducing the number of nurses on site.  Oddly enough, CBS is having trouble filling part-time nursing positions - so rather than re-jigging their employment strucutre and operations to provide full-time employment, they're replacing nurses with less skilled technicians of various sorts (with a single nurse at a donor clinic).  I guess they need to save money somehwere, I mean, this guy doesn't come cheap - $651K in 2009 (http://www.fin.gov.on.ca/en/publications/salarydisclosure/2010/otherp10.html).  (Indeed, for such a small organization, they seem to have a lot of vice presidents and medical directors in the $280K+ range)
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Re: CFB Kingston - Scared of needles?
« Reply #14 on: March 10, 2011, 09:54:49 »
It's the largest employer in Kingston and the second largest military base (by personnel) in Canada.  Remember, this includes RMC.

Er, no.

Bases with larger Reg F strengths include CFSU(O), Halifax, Valcartier, Petawawa, Edmonton, Gagetown and Esquimalt.

Bigger than Trenton - yes.  Bigger than Shilo, OK.  Bigger than Bagotville, Borden, and Cold Lake, Check.


But not #2.

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Re: CFB Kingston - Scared of needles?
« Reply #15 on: March 10, 2011, 10:26:18 »
Er, no.

Bases with larger Reg F strengths include CFSU(O), Halifax, Valcartier, Petawawa, Edmonton, Gagetown and Esquimalt.

Bigger than Trenton - yes.  Bigger than Shilo, OK.  Bigger than Bagotville, Borden, and Cold Lake, Check.


But not #2.

Employer.  I did not specify Reg, Res or civilian.
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Re: CFB Kingston - Scared of needles?
« Reply #16 on: March 10, 2011, 11:26:34 »
Employer.  I did not specify Reg, Res or civilian.

Still incorrect.  The total Reg+Res (full and part-time)+public service populations, or Reg+public service populations, of Ottawa, Halifax, Petawawa, Valcartier, Esquimalt and Gagetown are all larger than the same populations of CFB Kingston.

While these figures ignore students not posted to the bases (so RMC is counted as Kingston pers, but CFSCE students are not), that should not be material to such discussions.

(I'm using the DWAN reports, as of 28 Feb 2011, from http://dhrim04.desc.mil.ca/engraph/statistical_e.asp?cat=1#civ, for making these comparisons, looking at the attribution of pers by support base)
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Re: CFB Kingston - Scared of needles?
« Reply #17 on: March 10, 2011, 11:36:10 »
Afghanistan being a malaria risk zone might have something to do with it. Those who deploy cannot donate for 1-3 years after departing a malaria risk zone.
http://www.bloodservices.ca/CentreApps/Internet/UW_V502_MainEngine.nsf/page/E_malaria-deferrals?OpenDocument

There's a fairly long list of disqualifications - if you spent too much time in the UK, no go.  If you've received a vaccine recently, no go.  If you've travelled t oany one of a number of countries with high risk for some pathogens recently, no go.

Wow, surprised the nurses didn't know about that.. I'll mention it next time!
Edit: I'm still surprised PATs didn't go, I did see a few of them, but out of the hundreds there are.. anyways.. I was just shocked they couldn't get 40 people out of all of us.

The RMC does give more too, RMC & Queen's were their top donators.

The advertising does suck, I only know about it because they put a sign at the Timmies.

Thanks guys for the answers. The 8000+ people is just something Captain & MWO down there said.. and a number staffs keep pointing out.
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Re: CFB Kingston - Scared of needles?
« Reply #18 on: March 10, 2011, 12:40:00 »
Hijack:
DP -- the comment is based on what a former CLS told us once during one of his visits while he was CLS.
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As for the clinics, during my 2 years in K-town the only reason I knew there was a blood drive going on was because my coworker donated religiously.  Never saw any advertising.
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Re: CFB Kingston - Scared of needles?
« Reply #19 on: March 10, 2011, 13:23:26 »
Hijack - Well, Kingston does have the second highest number of General Officers of any base, between CDA HQ, RMC, LFDTS and 1 Can Div...
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Re: CFB Kingston - Scared of needles?
« Reply #20 on: March 10, 2011, 13:43:56 »
I had a bad donair experience in Halifax once...

I did too - the thing was cold and I think I got food poisoning from it.
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« Reply #21 on: March 10, 2011, 14:43:49 »
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Wow, surprised the nurses didn't know about that.. I'll mention it next time!
Of course the CBS staff know about it; they're responsible for screening donors.

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Re: CFB Kingston - Scared of needles?
« Reply #22 on: March 10, 2011, 19:56:04 »
I was born and raised in Kingston, first posting was Kingston and I'm posted back this summer...I find it very hard to believe there are 8000+ people employed on the base...

Just got confirmation from base commander's staff - reg,res, and civ - including all lodger units - 8000 is almost bang on.
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Re: CFB Kingston - Scared of needles?
« Reply #23 on: March 10, 2011, 22:29:04 »
Another hijack - I have heard this numerical fiction many times during my 4 months in Kingston in fall 2010. 

Someone should remind the Kingston folks that you can't include all "Div Troops" and OPME students in your population numbers. 

Someone needs to be asking these questions: How friggin big is the CFJSR now?  How many reserve and cadet units are included in this number?  Are we including RMC civilian students, people with gym memberships and Calian employees?

How does such a small base health centre serve so many troops with so few resources - no lab, no X-ray/DI, very small Mental Health clinic.  This must be the healthiest bunch of troops - they never get injured or ill?
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Re: CFB Kingston - Scared of needles?
« Reply #24 on: March 10, 2011, 22:31:05 »
They just go to KGH.

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Re: CFB Kingston - Scared of needles?
« Reply #25 on: March 10, 2011, 22:33:37 »
I went to Blazer Physio at the MRFC.   ;D
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Re: CFB Kingston - Scared of needles?
« Reply #26 on: March 10, 2011, 22:36:37 »
Interesting List of units

http://www.army.forces.gc.ca/asu_kingston/military.aspx

Military Establishments

Regular Units
CF Joint Headquarters (CFJHQ)
CF Joint Signal Regiment (CFJSR)
CF Joint Support Group (CFJSG)
2 Electronic Warfare Squadron (2 EW SQN)
Land Force Doctrine and Training System (LFDTS)
Directorate of Land Concepts and Designs (DLCD)
Canadian Forces School of Communications and Electronics (CFSCE)
Military Communications and Electronics Museum
1 Wing Headquarters
Canadian Defence Academy (CDA)
Command Cell
Chief of Staff
Directorate of Training and Education (DTE)
Directorate of Learning and Innovation (DLI)
Canadian Forces Leadership Institute (CFLI)
Canadian Forces Military Law Centre (CFMLC)
Canadian Military Journal (CMJ)
Canadian Forces College (CFC) - Toronto
Canadian Forces Management Development School (CFMDS)
Canadian Forces Language School (CFLS) - Gatineau
RMC St-Jean

Royal Military College of Canada (RMC)
LFTSP/ATWOP
Continuing Studies Program at RMC (DCS)
Canadian Forces School of Military Intelligence (CFSMI)
Canadian Forces Recruiting Centre Detachment Kingston
Canadian Forces Crypto Maintenance Unit
Canadian Forces National Counter-Intelligence Unit Detachment Kingston
1 Dental Unit — Detachment Kingston
33 CF Health Services Centre
MPO 305 Vimy Post Office
Civilian Human Resources Office
Kingston Garrison Learning and Career Centre
Dispute Resolution Centre
2 Area Support Group Signal Squadron Detachment Kingston
Canadian Forces Housing Agency
Military Police Platoon

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HMCS Cataraqui
The Princess of Wales Own Regiment
The Brockville Rifles
772 Electronic Warfare Squadron Kingston

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33 St. Lawrence Royal Canadian Sea, (613) 541-6000, ext. 6119
HMCS Ontario Sea Cadet Summer Training Centre - (613) 541-5010 ext. 4681
Cadets - (613) 541-6000 ext. 6119
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Re: CFB Kingston - Scared of needles?
« Reply #27 on: March 10, 2011, 22:51:55 »

Someone needs to be asking these questions: How friggin big is the CFJSR now? 

We are the largest 1st line Unit in Canada.  ;)

(But, Gagetown holds 8800 sets of clothing docs for pers, so is larger than Kingston).

Edited to add: Me thinks Kingston may be counting all those CTC folks in their numbers as LFDTS ... too bad that tonne of people and all those schools and clothing docs are actually situated in and supported by Gagetown [if that is how they are bumping their numbers so large].
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Re: CFB Kingston - Scared of needles?
« Reply #28 on: March 10, 2011, 23:15:21 »
Just got confirmation from base commander's staff - reg,res, and civ - including all lodger units - 8000 is almost bang on.

They should cross-reference with PeopleSoft - because the number there is about 2K less.  and Ottawa, Halifax, and others are all larger according to the same system.

Or, as Simian Turner said, they're counting things like CFC Toronto, CMR St Jean, CFLS Ottawa and others that are not dependencies of Kingston.
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Re: CFB Kingston - Scared of needles?
« Reply #29 on: March 10, 2011, 23:20:39 »
They probably have CFC and CFLS etc on the list because of CDA. If you look at the Gagetown site they list CFSCE under CTC, and if I'm not mistaken CFSMI shows up under Borden ... I suppose it all depends on the responsibilities of the org doing the counting.
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Re: CFB Kingston - Scared of needles?
« Reply #30 on: March 10, 2011, 23:22:48 »
Or, as Simian Turner said, they're counting things like CFC Toronto, CMR St Jean, CFLS Ottawa and others that are not dependencies of Kingston.

Them, and all those people actually located at:

CTC HQ;
Tac School;
School of Foot;
Arty School;
Armd School; and
CFSME (all located in Gagetown);

CFSEME (located in Borden); and

Land Advanced Warfare (CPC) located in Trenton etc etc

under their Land Forces Doctrine & Training System numbers ...



Why, it's just like manipulating statistics ... until someone attempts to muster them all on the parade square in Kingston to find out they aren't actually there. Wonder if that would be worth a couple thousand AWOL charges?  :blotto:
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Re: CFB Kingston - Scared of needles?
« Reply #31 on: March 10, 2011, 23:24:15 »
I'm confused - are we supposed to hate Kingston now or are we working to defend it?  :blotto:
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Re: CFB Kingston - Scared of needles?
« Reply #32 on: March 10, 2011, 23:25:19 »
I'm confused - are we supposed to hate Kingston now or are we working to defend it?  :blotto:

Trying to figure out how many multitudes would actually show up on a mandatory parade in Kingston for "all" claimed Units.

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Re: CFB Kingston - Scared of needles?
« Reply #33 on: March 11, 2011, 00:50:09 »
How does such a small base health centre serve so many troops with so few resources - no lab, no X-ray/DI, very small Mental Health clinic.  This must be the healthiest bunch of troops - they never get injured or ill?

Poorly. Although they do have X-Ray, just not sure how often its open.

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Re: CFB Kingston - Scared of needles?
« Reply #34 on: March 11, 2011, 02:51:01 »
This started out about a lack of blood donors, dealt with, no one cares.

Tangented off to some sort of dick measuring contest about how many people are in Kingston. Again, who really cares?

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