Leduc Count hosts nationwide big rig rescue training

June 26, 2015 – Leduc County Fire Services, in partnership with the Alberta Vehicle Extrication Association, hosted roughly 80 firefighters from across western Canada for the 2015 Big Rig HOT (hands-on training) learning symposium from June 24 to 26.

“This one-of-a-kind training is in high demand because, unlike other training, it exposes first responders to new techniques, tools and technologies specific to big rig rescue situations,” says Darrell Fleming, fire chief and event coordinator/instructor. “The hope is that participants take this invaluable training back to their communities, where they can use it to save even more lives.”

The symposium was held at the regional fire training facility at the Nisku Fire District Station, which includes a two-storey live-fire structure, a liquid petroleum gas structure and a designated area for vehicle and machinery extrication.

Over the course of the training, firefighters actively participated in four workshops with different big rig rescue scenarios, such as responding to under runs which involve one vehicle passing beneath another rollovers and complicated stabilization and extrication techniques.

“In Leduc County, we have used the skills obtained from this training to respond to emergencies throughout the county. This training really does save lives,” says Fleming.

This is the seventh year Leduc County Fire Services has co-hosted the symposium.

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