Leduc County co-hosts big rig rescue training

Firefighters from across Western Canada are in Leduc County this weekend learning life-saving skills at the 2017 Big Rig HOT (hands-on training) Symposium.

Leduc County Fire Services and the Alberta Vehicle Extrication Association are hosting the 10th annual training event from June 22 to 24 to provide more than 90 firefighters from more than a dozen departments across the western provinces with life-saving skills.

Participants are exposed to new techniques, tools and technologies specific to big rig rescue situations. This training will elevate the level of service that departments across Western Canada can provide and, ultimately, will save lives.

Darrell Fleming, Leduc County Fire Services fire chief and event coordinator/instructor

Over the course of the training, firefighters will actively participate 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.

The symposium is 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.

About the Alberta Vehicle Extrication Association

The Alberta Vehicle Extrication Association is a proud member of the World Rescue Organization, and is committed to contributing to the reduction of injury and deaths of Albertans involved in transportation emergencies through education, collaboration, partnerships, learning symposiums and challenges.