Revelstoke Fire Rescue Services members practice auto extractions – ready for busy highway season

RFRS Auto Extraction training

Though the Revelstoke Fire Rescue Services (RFRS) Rescue Truck stays active throughout the year, for the RFRS, winter is the busiest season for motor vehicle accidents. With the snow falling at higher elevations, Revelstoke Fire Rescue Services (RFRS) prepped for the season with an evening of auto extraction training.

“We work auto extrication into our yearly training schedule for all members,” explains Training Officer/Assistant Chief, David Mohn. “New volunteers are additionally given an in-depth course that is certified for the auto extrication section of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 1006: Standard for Technical Rescue Personnel Professional Qualifications.”

Most of the vehicles used by the RFRS crew have been in an accident.

“We are very fortunate for the vehicle donations we have received from both towing companies,” says Mohn.

In 2018, the RFRS responded to 132 motor vehicle incidents. The three month window of December, January and February saw the RFRS respond to an average of 20-25 motor vehicle incidents per month.

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