In June, the team donated a 2005 Chevrolet Trailblazer truck from its fleet to the Nanoose Bay volunteer fire department to use for lifesaving training exercises. This is the third one the company has donated to this volunteer-run organization that sees more than its fair share of fires and crashes.
Denis Holme, training officer for Nanoose Bay fire department, described how the truck will be used in training exercises to simulate real-life rescue situations the 28 volunteer firefighters could come across. People will be put inside the vehicle, which will be placed in different positions for mock rescues. Ultimately, the vehicle will be taken apart during a training exercise using the jaws of life.
“This gives us the opportunity to train with real situations,” Denis said. “There are so many different makes and models, and every vehicle is different from a safety perspective. With these newer models, there are safety issues for drivers and rescuers due to the air bags. We have to be careful where we cut so as not to accidentally deploy an airbag, which makes practicing on a vehicle like this very beneficial.”
Nanoose Bay fire department has five probationary members who are newer recruits and will take a little over two years to fully train. The department’s chief has the most years under his belt at nearly 47 – he started when he was only 12. For Denis and brother Doug Holme, a Partner and Land Surveyor at J.E. Anderson’s Nanaimo office, Nanoose Bay fire department is a family legacy. Their father was the founding fire chief and Denis’ daughter is a junior member of the department.
“It’s great when J.E. Anderson can contribute to the health and safety of communities in a meaningful way,” said Doug Holme. “Our company has been a part of the development and expansion of Nanoose Bay for almost four decades.”