Burlington to host the 2009 Central Ontario Vehicle Rescue Challenge and Learning Symposium (Update#1)

For Immediate Release - July 16, 2009

BURLINGTON, ON – On Saturday July 18, 2009 the Burlington Fire Department is hosting the 2009 Central Ontario Regional Vehicle Rescue Challenge. Members of the media are welcome to attend throughout the event which will have visual demonstrations and scenarios ongoing between 7 a.m. and approximately 3:30 p.m.

Representatives from seven Fire Departments will descend upon the Burlington Fire Department Headquarters Station at 1255 Fairview Street in Burlington. Teams from Burlington, Oakville, Mississauga, Brampton, Brock Township, Elizabeth-Town Kitley and King City will be put to the challenge of two separate simulated accident scenes.

This event serves as a qualifier for the North American Vehicle Rescue Challenge taking place in Calgary in 2010. The Burlington team has already qualified to attend the Calgary event when they took first place overall at the last international event held in 2007 in Indianapolis. Burlington also recently won first place overall in the South Western Ontario Vehicle Rescue Challenge and Learning Symposium in June of this year.

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 two 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.

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.


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


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