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Cumberland Fire Rescue Hosted Successful Regional Auto Extrication Challenge

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Cumberland Fire Rescue hosted the BC Regional Auto Extrication Challenge on September 17 and 18. Nine teams of six firefighters participated, with eight from Vancouver Island and one from the Sunshine Coast.

“It was great to see teams out learning and practicing their skills. These teams take the competition very seriously and use the event to keep on top of their training,” said Cumberland Fire Chief Mike Williamson. “We are proud to have this level of dedication in Cumberland as well as our surrounding areas. Our section of the highway was well represented with the Cumberland Fire Rescue, Courtenay Fire Department, the Oyster River Fire Department and the 19 Wing Comox Fire Department all present.”

A team of assessors coached the teams on their auto extrication skills. Auto extrication training events are often organized as competitions, but the focus is practicing and improving life-saving skills. When assessors judge a team’s skills, they are able to identify areas for improvement. The weekend’s assessors came from Vancouver Island, along with two travelling from Alberta. It was also a training opportunity for two assessors-in-training.

Fire Chief Mike Williamson commented that, “Cumberland is very lucky to have most of these people close by and willing to volunteer their time and pass on their knowledge. I believe all of the participants are now better prepared to handle a serious motor vehicle incident (MVI).”

The weekend’s rain added a realistic element to the staged scenarios. The periods of wet weather were not ideal for the spectators, but did not detract from the training.

Cumberland Fire Rescue hopes to send a team to the 2017 Alberta Regional Auto Extrication Competition in Cold Lake.

The Cumberland Fire Rescue would like to thank all the sponsors who made this event possible and congratulate the participants. Fire Chief Mike Williamson said, “It is great to live in a community like the Comox Valley. When you plan an event like this, people go out of their way to help.”

The results are as follows:

Best Limited Team:

  • Sechelt
  • Cumberland
  • Beaver Creek

Best Unlimited Team:

  • Cumberland
  • Beaver Creek
  • Courtenay 1

Best Rapid Team:

  • Beaver Creek
  • Cumberland
  • Sechelt

Best Team Overall

  • Cumberland
  • Sechelt
  • Beaver Creek

Best Command: 19 Wing Comox

Best Medic: Cumberland

Best Technical Team: Cumberland

Other Teams Present:

  • Mill Bay
  • Malahat
  • Courtenay 2
  • Oyster River
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