Fire­fight­ers bring home back-to-back sec­ond-place fin­ishes from North Amer­i­can Ve­hi­cle Res­cue Chal­lenge

Tri-County Vanguard - - NEWS - KATHY JOHN­SON THE­COAST­GUARD.CA

A team of fire­fight­ers from the Woods Har­bour/Shag Har­bour Fire Depart­ment brought home sec­ond- place fin­ishes in two of the three com­pe­ti­tions at the North Amer­i­can Ve­hi­cle Res­cue Chal­lenge in East Patchogue, New York.

Billy Ken­ney, Jody Gore­ham, Scott Bubar, Gordie Ross, Shan­non Newell and Ricky Banks claimed sec­ond spot in Lim­ited and Un­lim­ited Pits’ chal­lenges last month. The defining fac­tor be­tween the pits is the avail­abil­ity of res­cue tools. The Lim­ited Pit presents only hand and pneu­matic tools, and the Un­lim­ited pit makes avail­able all res­cue tools, in­clud­ing heavy hy­draulic res­cue equip­ment. The teams have 20 min­utes to safely ex­tri­cate an en­trapped pa­tient (man­nequin) from a sim­u­lated ve­hi­cle col­li­sion.

“All-in-all it was a good tour­na­ment. The best that we’ve had,” said Ross, who is the fire chief.

“We thought we’d done well maybe third or an hon­or­able men­tion - but two sec­ond places back-to-back that was a sur­prise to some. We’ve put a lot into it, so I

guess it’s start­ing to come around for us.”

Twelve teams from Canada and the U.S. par­tic­i­pated in the ve­hi­cle res­cue chal­lenge, which is

a Trans­porta­tion Emer­gency Res­cue Com­mit­tee (TERC) USA and TERC Canada sanc­tioned event. The third pit chal­lenge was Rapid Pit. It is open to all tools, but the

teams only have 10 min­utes to safely ex­tri­cate the pa­tient from the sce­nario. Ross said the team did fairly well in that chal­lenge too.

CON­TRIB­UTED

Woods Har­bour-Shag Har­bour fire­fight­ers, from left, Billy Ken­ney, Jody Gore­ham, Scott Bubar, Gordie Ross, Shan­non Newell and Ricky Banks claimed sec­ond spot in Lim­ited and Un­lim­ited Pits’ chal­lenges at the North Amer­i­can Ve­hi­cle Res­cue Chal­lenge in East Patchogue, New York. Also pic­tured is Terry Nick­er­son, sec­ond from right, who didn’t com­pete but is part of the team as their live pa­tient dur­ing prac­tices.

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