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Saws and Symposiums: Standard Auto Wreckers hosts Ontario Rescue Challenge and Training Symposium

Scarborough, Ontario — The auto extrication teams from Markham and Oakville Fire were back at Standard Auto Wreckers in Scarborough over the weekend for another day full of friendly competition and vehicular dissection.

Organized by Oakville firefighter Chad Roberts, the two departments took over the salvage yard east of Toronto on Friday and Saturday for the second annual Ontario Rescue Challenge and Training Symposium.

The two-day event saw auto extrication teams from Markham and Oakville squaring off in a number of simulated accident scenarios to see who could pull their mannequin accident victim to safety the fastest; though ultimately the event’s goal was to educate.

Roberts said “The day was great. We got some great instruction and had three pits going on at once.”

Captain Mike Tesarski, Roberts’ counterpart from Markham Fire, added “The guys at Standard Auto Wreckers have really taken care of us.”

This is far from the first auto extrication event to be held at Standard Auto Wreckers, as owner David Gold has had a long-standing partnership with local fire departments to provide them with non-driveable vehicles and a place to train.

Collision Repair was live at the site in October for a previous extrication competition between the two GTA-based fire departments.

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