Oakville firefighters bring home trophy in annual competition

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Published October 27, 2021 at 5:53 pm

Oakville Firefighters have a shiny new trophy to brag about.

The local fire department walked away with the coveted Auto-Ex trophy after competing in the annual Auto-Ex Competition at Standard Auto Wreckers in Scarborough last Friday.

The competition, which began in 1984 and is hosted by Standard Auto Wreckers owner Dave Gold, featured a full day of training for Oakville and Markham firefighting crews with some friendly competition added to the mix.

Both crews, which have been training there since the start of September, are required to complete various tasks in collision scene safety, vehicle stabilization, extrication and patient care during the Auto-Ex Competition.

Crushed vehicles, with dummies placed inside, are placed in various positions to simulate a real collision. Both teams

are then given 20 minutes to get the patients out of their vehicles.

Other props are also added to make the tasks more difficult. Oakville and Markham crews were forced to deal with dummy hydro wires and a propane tank.

In the first phase, Oakville firefighters were presented with the task of dealing with a side-impact collision with the car flipped on its side.

Markham firefighters had to retrieve a passenger from a side-impact collision.

The second phase of the competition involved more complex situations and allowed the crews to use hydraulic tools.

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