In Case of Emergency

The team brings out the big tools and gets to work removing the roof in order to get the "victim" out of the car.


    Something that is not a big secret around Leduc and County is that Clarence Shields, owner of Blackjacks Roadhouse, is one of the County's biggest proponents and supporters no matter the cause. Becoming involved in many local initiatives and running several fundraisers throughout the year Clarence and Blackjacks continually give back to the community in many different ways. 
    The most recent fundraiser benefitted not one but two important local volunteer groups; the Leduc & District Foodbank and the Leduc County Firehall's Vehicle Extraction Team. Blackjacks has done previous fundraisers for the Nisku Fire Station over the years but Clarence stated he was "tickled pink!" to include the Foodbank this year. 
    For the last three weeks in November volunteers from Blackjacks had gathered donations and sold silhouette fire hats to individuals and businesses throughout Nisku to post up in their places of work and show their support for these two important groups.  
    Clarence and staff are extremely proud of the achievements of the Vehicle Extraction Team which are based at the Nisku Fire Station. These dedicated volunteers not only risk their lives on a regular basis to ensure that people and property in the County remain safe but they have also obtained a high level of notoriety within the Emergency Services community by consistently ranking as one of the top 5 Vehicle Extraction Teams in North America. 
    Due to their extremely high level of proficiency, the Nisku Vehicle Extraction Team receive many invitations to travel around Canada and the U.S. to both participate in competitions against other teams and also demonstrate their speed and excellence in this very specialized life saving technique.
    However, the team has to decline many of those offers due to the fact that the firefighters in Nisku are all volunteers so any travel and competitions must be paid for out of their own pockets. Having a lot of pride in the excellent emergency services we have here in the County, Clarence and his staff decided to try and make a difference for these dedicated volunteers by raising enough money to enable the team to participate in some of these competitions.
    After three whirlwind weeks of fundraising Blackjacks hosted a wrap up party on Thursday, Nov. 28th with Gert Reynar from the Foodbank and the Nisku Vehicle Extraction Team as their honoured guests. Edmonton's 100.3 The Bear radio station also took part in the celebration by "donating" their host Yukon Jack to become the victim in a very special exhibition taking place later in the evening.
    Gert and the Extraction Team were invited onstage with Clarence as he thanked everyone for their support and encouraged the crowd in a loud round of applause in appreciation of all the hard work that both groups contribute to the area. Clarence was then thrilled to be able to announce that the final totals raised by the fundraiser were still being tallied but preliminary numbers showed that the astounding amount raised and split between the two groups would be around $15,000.00! 
    With spirits flying high after that fantastic announcement the crowd was then invited outside into the chilly evening to get a first hand look at the amazing work that the Vehicle Extraction Team does in the event of an emergency.
    A Pontiac Sunfire had been donated for the Team's use and was parked under the floodlights in the Blackjacks parking lot. After everyone was gathered around the barricades surrounding the car and Yukon Jack was situated behind the wheel, two of the Fire Station's trucks came around the corner of the building with all their lights flashing and pulled up beside the Sunfire. The Extraction Team leaped out of the trucks and immediately began assessing the "accident" shouting instructions and information to one another. 
    The first thing the team did was block the wheels of the vehicle so it could not roll and then everyone heard four loud "bangs" as one of the team punctured the tires as an added precaution. The radio antenna was twisted off by hand and then the back window was broken and removed as another team member crawled into the car and covered Yukon Jack with a tarp to protect him from shattering glass as they broke the rest of the windows. That firefighter remained under the tarp with Yukon for the remainder of the extraction, explaining to him what all the loud sounds were and in the case of an actual accident victim, helping to keep them calm and beginning to assess their injuries while the extraction is taking place.
    The remainder of the windows were removed from the vehicle and then the massive Jaws of Life were brought in to cut through the thick metal struts that hold the roof in place. The roof of the car was them folded forward over the hood like it had been attacked with a giant can opener. The final piece to come off was the drivers door which was popped off in a matter of seconds and tossed to the side. 
    This gave the rest of the team access to Yukon and a backboard was brought in and slid in behind him. He was then carefully removed from the seat, positioned onto the board  and finally fully removed from the vehicle.
There were no wasted movements from the team during this entire extraction, communication was continuously flowing between members and each firefighter knew their exact role during the whole process. Incredibly, that Sunfire was stripped into pieces and the "victim" was saved in well under 15 minutes.
    Closing the evening with a reminder that it is checkstop season and asking people to help prevent the need for the services just displayed by not drinking and driving, the team received a well earned round of applause as they replaced their tools into the trucks and then retired to the warmth of Blackjacks, while the desiccated shell of the Sunfire stood outside in mute testimony of their prowess.

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