Halifax Regional Fire & Emergency is hosting this year's North American Vehicle Rescue Challenge. Vehicle Extrication Challenges are held throughout Canada, the United States and the world. These challenges provide firefighters with the opportunity to apply newly acquired skills while participating in competitions that allow them to experience complicated extractions.
As a result, career and volunteer firefighters benefit from learning new techniques and using tools to improve their department's auto extrication and pre-hospital patient care skills.
The Transportation Emergency Rescue Committee (TERC) strives to be the leading authority in vehicle rescue through education, hands-on training and the sharing of ideas.
Extrication challenges contribute to reduced cases of injury and death of patients involved in transportation emergencies and enhance the safety of first responders. The competition simulates timed motor vehicle collisions with live patients where nine teams of six firefighters work together to extract a live patient. During this competition, firefighters receive invaluable training regarding safety, technique, and new vehicle and tool technology.