Wolver­ines suit up for train­ing ex­er­cise

The Compass - - SPORTS - BY MARK SQUIBB ed­i­tor@cb­n­com­pass.ca

As would be the case with a real search and res­cue sce­nario, -12 C tem­per­a­tures and some snow flur­ries didn’t stop the Avalon North Wolver­ines Search and Res­cue team from suc­cess­fully com­plet­ing a train­ing ex­er­cise.

Around 30 peo­ple showed up Jan. 15 in Clarke’s Beach for the three-sce­nario ice-wa­ter search and res­cue train­ing ses­sion.

They in­cluded mem­bers of the Wol- ver­ines, the Bay De Grave Re­gional Fire De­part­ment, Moores Am­bu­lance Ser­vice, and Bay Robert’s RCMP de­tach­ment.

Joe Cleary, sec­re­tary and train­ing of­fi­cer, says joint train­ing ex­er­cises like this are an op­por­tu­nity for dif­fer­ent groups to learn how to co-or­di­nate with each other and work to­gether.

“All these vol­un­teer groups need to get to­gether and com­bine re­sources. Money is tight… we’re not get­ting much money [for equip­ment] … we need to be work­ing to­gether with these or­gan- iza­tions and com­bin­ing our re­sources,” said Cleary.

“This is what it’s about — get­ting peo­ple out and get­ting peo­ple in­volved,” said Wolver­ine mem­ber Lori Mur­ray as she watched an am­bu­lance pull onto the scene Sun­day morn­ing.

“I like the spec­trum of it. It’s team work, there are no in­di­vid­u­als,” said Mur­ray.

Cleary said that these train­ing ex­er­cises also pro­vide op­por­tu­nity to learn how to “uti­lize what re­sources you have avail­able.”

No smooth sail­ing for the hov­er­craft

A train­ing ex­er­cise re­quir­ing the Wolver­ine’s hov­er­craft was planned, but needed to be reval­u­ated at the last mo­ment due to a me­chan­i­cal is­sue.

“Our last sce­nario was kind of spur of the mo­ment, be­cause our hov­er­craft broke down,” ex­plained Cleary.

Cory Porter, cold wa­ter team cap­tain, says that the prob­lem, which in­volved a frozen ca­ble, has since been re­solved.

PHO­TOS BY MARK SQUIBB/SPE­CIAL TO TC MEDIA

Adam Green gets suited up for the train­ing ex­er­cise

The Jan. 15 train­ing ex­er­cise in­volved the Avalon North Wolver­ines Search and Res­cue team, the Bay De Grave Re­gional Fire De­part­ment, Moores Am­bu­lance Ser­vice, and Bay Robert’s RCMP de­tach­ment.

Ken­neth Porter is looked af­ter on a stretcher.

Wolver­ines at­tempt an ice-wa­ter res­cue with a dummy.

A Wolver­ine looks on.

A mem­ber of the Wolver­ines heads out on the pond with a rope.

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