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Gary Morden Training Centre For Mississauga Fire And Emergency services

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 motley assortment of characters awaiting instructions

The City's Fire and Emergency Services Division trains personnel in all aspects of fire suppression, hazardous materials, trench rescue and auto extrication .

Training Officer Bob Hall of Fire Services; Amanda, Mississauga City Site Manager
Top: The fire burn building which can be converted to various home configurations. Middle: The smoke tower , with retail spaces in the lower levels, apartments, a rappelling wall and elevator shafts. Bottom: First year recruits train on hose use.

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

Props for confined space, hazardous materials and propane fire 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.

Training Officer Dave Maceachern explains the approach to vehicle extrication, and how the "Jaws of Life" works.
Would you trust your life to these guys?. They can barely hold the Jaws of Life tool off the ground!
Demolishing the Nissan

A Demonstration of the explosive power of air bags (and this was a small one!)

Left: Used trucks for sale; Right: Vehicle extrication test vehicles
Tom demonstrates breathing apparatus

All in all an enjoyable and educational visit

Credits:

Photography by Doug

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