Burlington to host the 2009 Central Ontario Vehicle Rescue Challenge and Learning Symposium

For Immediate Release - July 14, 2009

BURLINGTON, ON – After hosting three successful and memorable International Vehicle Rescue Challenges in 1995, 2001 and 2006, the Burlington Fire Department is hosting the 2009 Central Ontario Regional Vehicle Rescue Challenge. Although this event is smaller scale in comparison to the international events, it will still prove to be a very visual learning experience for the competitors.

Ten Fire Department teams will descend upon the Burlington Fire Department Headquarters Station on Saturday July 18, 2009. The Challenge starts at 7 a.m. at the Headquarters Fire Station, 1255 Fairview Street in Burlington and will run throughout the day.

The Vehicle Rescue Challenge is designed to teach and share ideas and techniques in the art of automobile extrication. Teams will perform rescues in different simulated collision scenarios involving wrecked vehicles and they will be graded by a panel of judges. The teams will be judged on their safety, teamwork and skills in the timed scenarios.

The invaluable knowledge gained goes home with each department that participates and is then put into action on the streets, on the highways and even in local industry in their community. Burlington’s ideal location in southern Ontario could attract hundreds of firefighters from many other emergency services who will attend just to watch and learn from the sidelines.

The general public is welcome to attend to watch the ongoing competition free of charge. There will be a refreshment stand and free hot dogs for children.

The concept of the Vehicle Rescue Challenge originated at the Ontario Fire College in Gravenhurst, Ontario, in 1984, with teams mainly from Ontario and a few from the United States. Since then, this International event has grown to the point where regional and national competitions are held annually coast-to-coast in Canada and the United States. Other countries from Europe, as well as South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, U. S. Virgin Islands and Hong Kong have also participated.

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Media Contact
Ben Rotsma
Fire Prevention Officer
Tel. 905-971-4949
Fax. 905-333-1570
E-mail rotsmab@burlington.ca


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