Fire Departments Get Big Rig Training

Written by Heather Reimer
CJ Radio News

Firefighters in southwestern Manitoba are now better equipped to deal with accidents involving big rigs and tanker trucks.

Last weekend, there was a special training course in Reston and 25 firefighters from nine departments, including Virden and Oak Lake, attended.

Training coordinator Dean Brooker of the Oak Lake Mutual Aid District says they learned how to use equipment such as hydraulic struts that can lift large tankers. A big rig was deliberately laid on top of car to simulate the accident scene. Crews were taught how to lift the tanker, pull out the car, and use extrication equipment to remove the victim.

Brooker says it's important for emergency responders to be prepared for the type of accidents they hope will never happen.

"Hopefully never, but these things can happen and it was great we were able to take this training. I believe this is the first time ever in Manitoba there was a hands-on big rig training course, a very unique course."

Brooker says two special instructors were brought in from Calgary to teach the course.

Firefighters attended from Virden, Oak Lake, Elkhorn, Kenton, Reston, McAuley, Whitehead, Moosomin and Maryfield.

You can see photos from the training course on the CJ103 Facebook page.

Story was last updated at: 2016-05-02 20:12:42


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