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SOMEWHERE, RIGHT NOW, THERE IS AN AUTOMOBILE ACCIDENT THAT HAS TRAPPED ITS VICTEMS IN THE TANGLED WREAKAGE WITH ADVANCES IN AUTOMOBILE DESIGN BY TODAY'S

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    Province of British Columbia Region

    TERC British Columbia

    TERC Canada

    NEWS LETTER

    By your provincial chair, Greg G. McClelland

    SOMEWHERE, RIGHT NOW, THERE IS AN AUTOMOBILE

    ACCIDENT THAT HAS TRAPPED ITS VICTEMS IN THE

    TANGLED WREAKAGE. WITH ADVANCES IN AUTOMOBILE

    DESIGN BY TODAY’S AUTOMAKERS, METHODS FOR REMOVING THESE VICTEMS ARE CHANGING WITH EACH

    MODEL AND YEAR. IN ORDER TO KEEP UP WITH THESE

    CHANGES, THERE MUST BE A METHOD OF EXCHANGING

    INFORMATION BETWEEN AGENCIES RESPONSIBLE FOR THE

    DISENTANGLEMENT OF THESE VICTEMS.

Well, a new year is upon us, with a number of changes to the province. We

    are in the process of creating our own society, under the TERC Canada

    banner. This will help us raise money for running of our organization, and

    make it more attractive to want to be apart of this organization. Please bear

    with us, as we go through this process. If you know of any area within the

    province of B.C. that is looking for information about whom we are and

    what we do please forward my contact information on to them.

The province of British Columbia has at one time or another, had at least

    twenty-one teams ready to compete at the regional level. I would like to see

    at least 80% of those teams back and registered to compete in 2007. This

    year, I would like to welcome back the Whistler Fire Department, who

    years ago competed under the CARS banner. Also I would like to welcome

    the Chillawack Fire Department, who will be competing this year. I would also like to recognize the Courtney Fire Department, who came on

    board with us in 2006. Great to have you on board, and thanx.

The TERC Canada web site has a regional page. I am looking for

    information, pictures, sponsors, etc to be grouped on our web page for the

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    province of British Columbia. Any information etc, which you would like to

    see posted please contact me.

Membership for the 2007 season is also upon us. I am asking you to wait,

    before going ahead and registering with TERC Canada. The TERC BC

    membership voted in favor of adding $50.00 to the full team membership, to

    add money to the TERC BC coffers. (Any members/teams in good standing are required to pay dues, and attend at least one TERC BC

    meeting per year) As we are in the process of forming our society, and

    getting our banking in order, we are asking that you wait until we are ready

    to take the responsibility of registering your teams. We also want to make

    sure we know who is apart of TERC BC. Having said that you will register

    with TERC BC, and we in turn we will register you with TERC Canada.

    Any questions please contact.

Challenges for 2007

The international event for 2007 is in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA. The

    date of this event is August 20-25, 2007. Any more information can be

    obtained on our web site. The British Columbia qualifier for this event is the

    2006 regional first place finisher Comox Valley team. This team is made up

    of members from a couple of different departments from the Comox Valley

    area. Wild card spots would go first to Ladysmith fire, and then to the

    Courtney fire department.

The World event for this year, is to be hosted by the City of Barcelona,

    Spain fire department, the date is Oct. 15-19. Fun!! And again information

    can be obtained from our web site, or the APRAT web site.

Our neighbors to the east in Lacombe, Alberta (Lacombe Fire Department)

    is hosting a challenge in June, 15/16 any departments that are close to this

    area, can contact Randy Schmitz with Alberta Automotive Extrication

    Association (TERC Alberta) for further information about this event. This

    event has been cancelled. The Alberta region is looking for a new host

    for its 2007 regional event. I will update as the information becomes available.

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    The Puyallup Fire Department, Zone 6, TERC USA is hosting its regional th“Pile up in Puyallup” event. The date of this event is 6 to the 10 of June.

    Over the years, there have been a number of Canadian teams competing in

    this event, with good success. If interested, please contact Brice Johnson, or

    Charles Kemp with Puyallup Fire Department, at their web page

    www.PileupinPuyallup.com.

    thAt this point we are 90% sure that the Comox Valley will host the 13

    annual regional event here on Vancouver Island. The event Date is still to

    be confirmed, the location will be in Courtney. I will keep you apprised as

    the information becomes available.

    The Sechelt Fire Department has stepped up to host our regional event in

    2008. Date TBA.

Team Challenges

This will be new for all rescuers this year if you are entered into a challenge.

    We have not seen this yet, but I am told that all challenges follow under this

    new change. General Challenge Rules 2.2 Executive Board 12/09/99.

    Teams will consist of a minimum of five (5) personnel to a maximum of

    six (6). One captain and four or five squad members will be allowed to

    compete. There will be NO alternate member. The same I.C. and three (3) of the rescuers from the first scenario team must participate as part of the

    second scenario team. You may substitute one or two rescuers for the

    second scenario.

TERC Canada Judges

We have a number of judges from the old CARS organization in the

    province of British Columbia, which have all become part of TERC. Any

    departments wishing to host challenges and need the services of our judges

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    can contact our judge’s organizer John Goodman from the Ladysmith Fire

    department, at john_Goodman@telus.net.

    I am trying to get a judges seminar going for this fall. Any interested

    members please contact John Goodman or myself.

We are also looking for members interested in positions of interior assessors,

    for our regional events. If interested in acting in this capacity, please contact

    our TERC Canada interior assessor manger or myself. Once we get enough

    people interested, we will host a learning symposium for interior assessors.

Responder Safety

It seems more and more firefighters are being killed at MVA’s then ever

    before. We as fire department responders need to be more vigilant in our

    approach at these scenes. We need to place our apparatus, not park it; we

    need to make the entire scene safe for all that are on scene. Part of our size

    up is to make sure all members that are on scene, including police and

    paramedics are being led by the fire department command structure.

    Vehicle technologies changing as quickly as it does we also need to make

    sure our size up at these scenes includes the year of these vehicles, and the

    safety features, which uncontrolled can bring harm to our members. In our

    vehicle rescue practice, sometimes this part of the review is over looked. As

    my friend Ken Jones would say lets get back to the basics, because “THE

    ONLY THING THAT IS CONSISTENT IS…CHANGE”. “Lets be safe”.

Information Highway

For any members looking for information on how these challenges are run,

    or polices and guidelines that TERC Canada operates under. This

    information can be found on our web page at www.terccanada.ca. TERC

    Canada now spans from coast to coast, with the inception of British

    Columbia. Operating under the TERC Canada banner is new to all of us. I

    would like to see that we can make this a positive experience for all fire

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    departments within the province of British Columbia. At the end of the day,

    we all strive for the same thing, to be proficient in our approach to an

    industry that is ever changing, and more prevalent in our society.

    It is the citizens of our communities that are the benefactors from the

    education we gather in through challenges, workshops, and seminars. For

    any registration information, this can be found on our web site at

    www.terccanada.ca.

    Any questions/concerns please contact me.

    Thanx, and best of luck to all those teams that will be competing this 2007

    season.

Please take sometime to check out the TERC Canada web site. If you would

    like to add something to this web site please contact the TERC Canada chair,

    or myself.

Your B.C. Provincial Chair

    Greg G. McClelland

    Greg G. McClelland

    TERC Canada

    British Columbia Provincial Chair

    Colwood Fire/Rescue

    Victoria, B.C.

    Email: TERCBC@shaw.ca

    Ph: 1-250-391-0686

    Fax: 1-250-478-8032

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