A 81.6-kilogram training dummy has Moose Jaw emergency services and 15 Wing staff to thank for a daring rescue.
The Moose Jaw Fire Department, ATCO Structure & Logistics and 15 Wing personnel took part in a emergency simulation exercise at 15 Wing on Wednesday.
“It was a training exercise towards the procedure of removing someone from the air tower in the event of an emergency,” Moose Jaw Deputy Fire Chief Rod Montgomery told the Times-Herald.
Sgt. Dave Hovington said: “(The City of) Moose Jaw took over a structural contract for 15 Wing in 2000.” Hovington said it’s been at least three or four years since such a training exercise has taken place.
The training exercise involved fire crews responding and setting up an engine ladder to perform a rescue from the 15 Wing air tower in case regular service routes were blocked due to an emergency situation.
The 180-pound training dummy crews rescued is filled with ball bearings to shift its weight when being moved just like a real person during a rescue.
Aside from city fire services, 15 Wing is served by firefighters employed by both ATCO/Frontec and the Canadian Forces.
The fire unit has a total of two trucks, which are crash response vehicles used in aircraft emergencies, and the crash fire rating of the airfield is category three.
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