Extrication fire competition planned by Harlem-Roscoe

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Beloit Daily News File Photo In this April 2019 file photos, Beloit Firefighter Andy Kooyenga practices using the hydrolic spreader, commonly referred to as the Jaws of Life, to pry open a car door. The City of Beloit Fire Department conducted extraction training at the Behr Iron & Metal Recycling Center in South Beloit.

ROSCOE - The Harlem-Roscoe Fire Protection District is preparing to host a three-day vehicle extrication training symposium and challenge from Sept. 27-29, which will be attended by teams from fire departments across Illinois and Wisconsin.

The event will include a classroom session on Sept. 27, followed by in-field work at Erickson's on Prairie Hill Road before a competition pitting departments against one another with an all-day activity from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sept. 29. The public is invited to Sunday's event and each team will compete in two timed extrication scenarios.

Harlem-Roscoe Fire Chief Don Shoevlin said the event, now in its seventh year, is aimed at preparing new firefighters on all things extrication.

"We are taking entry-level staff and giving them hands-on training and education before putting them in a high pressure situation with the competition," Shoevlin said.

Harlem-Roscoe, Kirkland, Illinois, New Milford, Illinois, Oregon, Wisconsin, Orfordville, Wisconsin, Rockton, Illinois and Town of Madison, Wisconsin fire departments will send staff to the training competition.

Shoevlin said the event, sponsored by Swedish American and Erickson's, will challenge firefighters in multiple scenarios with power and by-hand tools used to retrieve a mannequin from a car that's crushed to simulate a wreck.

"We've taken two things and put them into one weekend," Shoevlin said.

The event will be held at the Harlem-Roscoe Station 3 Training Facility, 13974 Willowbrook Road.

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