Training keeps skills sharp

Practice makes perfect right? While those words may ring true regarding many things, the Cariboo Regional District’s Central Cariboo Search and Rescue’s Auto Extrication and Highway Rescue division uses “practice” to hone potentially life-saving skills.

  • Aug. 26, 2011 7:00 p.m.

Practice makes perfect right? While those words may ring true regarding many things, the Cariboo Regional District’s Central Cariboo Search and Rescue’s Auto Extrication and Highway Rescue division uses “practice” to hone potentially life-saving skills.

CCSAR is one of the many volunteer emergency responder groups in the Cariboo Chilcotin. The Auto Extrication and Highway Rescue Division responds to all types of motor vehicle incidents, providing embankment rescue, jaws-of-life vehicle extrication, assisting the BC Ambulance Service and other first responder groups at accident scenes.

In order to keep their skills sharp, they need constant practice. The auto extrication team would like to thank Bee Jay’s Towing and Auto Wrecking for their enormous support of the practice program. For many months now on a weekly basis, Bee Jay’s has provided a wrecked or disabled vehicle for the rescue group to use as a “practice car” to basically tear apart with their extrication tools, and to use during various training scenarios.

“We cannot say enough about how grateful we are and how awesome these guys are for giving us vehicles to work on, and a safe compound to use,” says assistant chief in charge of auto extrication and highway rescue Cody Grier. “It’s the best possible training we could have and shows huge support to a very important community service. This training is what we use in real life emergency situations. We’re good at what we do and our rescue techniques are efficient, safe and effective.”

For more information about Central Cariboo Search and Rescue or to join the unit, visit  www.ccsar.ca, e-mail info@ccsar.ca or contact 250-398-5445.