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STARS coming to Athabasca County for rescue training

Wandering River Fire Department to host event Feb. 13 at the Atmore weigh station
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The Wandering River Fire Department is hosting a STARS air ambulance training night Feb. 13 from 7-10 p.m. at the Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Scale along Highway 63 in the Atmore area. Bryan Taylor/AA

ATMORE – The Wandering River Fire Department is set to play host to a STARS Air Ambulance training night Feb. 13.

The event will take place from 7-10 p.m. at the Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Scale along Highway 63 in the Atmore area.

Training officer Gary Cromwell from the Wandering River Fire Department said they have opened the event to members of other emergency services departments.

“They include RCMP, EMS, Alberta Fish and Wildlife officers, Emcon Highway Maintenance Services, school bus drivers and towing services,” Cromwell explained. “Everybody that could be involved at an emergency scene on the highway has been invited out to this.”

He added that fire crews from every station in Athabasca County have been invited to attend, as well as all fire services from Lac La Biche County and Beaver Lake First Nation.

“We have more than 50 registered participants confirmed to be in attendance,” Cromwell continued. “As our department is stationed along the infamous Highway 63 leading to Fort McMurray, we have had our share of horrible wrecks over the years, but this training is designed for all facets of emergency and support services.”

He stated it will depend on the weather and the scenario as to whether STARS bring out one of their helicopters or simply come out with their mobile teaching trailer.

“Either way, STARS will be giving out the who, what, where and how,” Cromwell said. “We are hoping the weather is good and we get to land the bird, but regardless it’s going to be a phenomenal training night.”

Cromwell also said to have all the members from different services and departments sitting down in one room, discussing and learning how to work together benefits their communities.

“All county fire services are volunteer run and scenarios and training opportunities like this is how we educate while attracting new members into our ranks,” he added.

Bryan Taylor

About the Author: Bryan Taylor

Bryan Taylor is a reporter with the Athabasca Advocate, joining the paper in April 2018. He covers Athabasca and Boyle municipal politics, as well as other news, community events and sports in and around the region.
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