April 23, 2004

Award Winning Rescue Team at Emergency Fair

GEORGINA – Visitors to the local Emergency Preparedness Fair will have the opportunity to see the Georgina Fire Department Auto Extrication Team in action as they demonstrate their award-winning rescue techniques at the May 5th event.
A joint effort between the Town of Georgina, the Georgina Fire Department and the Regional Municipality of York, the Georgina Emergency Preparedness Fair is being held to mark Emergency Preparedness Week, an annual national event intended to increase awareness about individual preparedness. Admission is free.
WHEN: Wednesday, May 5, 2004 - 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
WHERE: Georgina Ice Palace, 90 Wexford Drive, Keswick
• Although only in existence for a year, the eight member Georgina Fire Department Auto Extrication Team, all members of the Georgina Fire Department, is already an award winner, having taken 2nd place overall out of 16 teams at the Atlantic Canada Rescue Challenge in Amherst, Nova Scotia last year.  This year the team has been invited by TERC (Transportation Emergency Rescue Committee) Canada to compete in the Canadian Nationals competition taking place in Wasaga Beach June 20 to 26.  They will be one of 30 teams from across Canada in that competition, hosted by the Wasaga Beach Fire and Rescue department.
• During competition, participating teams are judged on their performance in staged scenarios based on actual accidents that have complex issues such as heavy equipment, recreation vehicles, aircraft, farm machinery, and road construction barriers.  Teams are graded on rescuer safety, patient safety, scene safety, and progress to extricate the patient within a 20 minute time period.
• The Georgina Fire Department Auto Extrication Team will be on site at the May 5th Emergency Preparedness Fair to give demonstrations of vehicle rescues at 10:30 a.m., 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.  The Fair will also feature displays and demonstrations of various emergency response agencies and vehicles including Georgina Fire Department, York Regional Police, York Region Emergency Medical Services (EMS), Red Cross, St John’s Ambulance, Hydro One and Emergency Management Ontario. 
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Contact:   Joan Prentice, Emergency Management Branch, York Region
- (905) 830-4444 or 1-877-474-9675, ext. 1230
- Email: joan.prentice@region.york.on.ca

The Regional Municipality of York is committed to providing cost-effective, quality services that respond to the needs of our rapidly growing communities.  York Region is comprised of the following nine area municipalities:  Aurora, East Gwillimbury, Georgina, King, Markham, Newmarket, Richmond Hill, Vaughan and Whitchurch-Stouffville.  For more information, visit our Web site at:  www.region.york.on.ca

Contact: Patrick Casey, Senior Media Relations Specialist, York Region

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