On June 20th, 2018 members of our club toured the Gary Morden Fire and Emergency Services training centre, a facility that residents in Mississauga should know more about, and be justly proud.
The City's Fire and Emergency Services Division trains personnel in all aspects of fire suppression, hazardous materials, trench rescue and auto extrication .
On site there is a smoke tower for high-rise emergency training; live fire propane training props; a multi-unit, live fire burn building. The 47 acre facility includes a driver training circuit track and highway training props: traffic lights, highway barriers, and a skid track. There are also a variety of specialized rescue training props including hazardous materials, confined space, trench rescue and auto extrication, as well as a storm water management pond for water and ice rescue training
We were fortunate to watch first hand as a crew from Erin Mills and Dundas Fire Hall literally took apart a $100,000 new Nissan SUV to explore the impact of new construction and materials on vehicle extrication. This centre is recognized as a leader in these procedures primarily because of the expertise of Training Officer Dave MacEachern.
A Demonstration of the explosive power of air bags (and this was a small one!)