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Fire & Emergency Services Auto Extrication Team Second To None

Oct 10, 2003

MISSISSAUGA, October 1, 2003 -- Mississauga Fire & Emergency Services' top ranked auto extrication team will compete at the World Extrication Competition, to be held in Ottawa on September 30 to October 4. "We are fortunate to have such a high level of expertise in the Mississauga Fire & Emergency Service Division," said Fire Chief Garry Morden. "Several team members are new recruits to the team and this achievement is a reflection of individual commitment to public safety, and many hours of extensive training and practice in preparation for the competitions." The auto extrication team consists of a six member working team, a coach and a manager. The team travels to four competitions each year where they use standard extrication tools to open vehicles and safely rescue crash victims in staged scenarios.

In September 2003, the team won top honours at a national auto extrication competition in Amherst, Nova Scotia, winning First Place Overall, the Leadership Award, the Medic Award, First Place In Unlimited, the Fellowship Award and First Place In Limited. Mississauga Fire & Emergency Services has been involved in international competitions with auto extrication scenarios and tools such as the jaws of life for the past 20 years and has consistently placed in top categories.

Mississauga Fire's auto extrication expertise was featured in the recent television series ?Fear Fighters', on Discovery Channel. For more information on the competition and the team contact Mississauga Fire & Emergency Services captain Paul Simpson at 905-828-2937.