Leduc County co-hosts big rig rescue training

Firefighters from around the world are in Leduc County this weekend learning life-saving skills at the 2018 Big Rig HOT (hands-on training) Symposium.

Leduc County Fire Services and the Alberta Vehicle Extrication Association are hosting the 11th annual training event from June 21 to 23 to provide more than 80 firefighters from more than a dozen departments across Canada, the United States and Chile with life-saving skills.

The participants in this training are exposed to new techniques, tools and technologies specific to big rig rescue situations. These new skills will elevate the level of service that departments  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.