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March 31, 2006
Media Advisory - Toronto Fire Services Hybrid Vehicle Technology Program
Toronto Fire Services Special Operations Section in partnership with Roadway Rescue will host a seminar that outlines various aspects of firefighter safety involving alternate fueled vehicles.

Ford, GM, Honda, and Toyota representatives will showcase their hybrid vehicles.

Date: Monday, April 3
Time: 10 a.m. to noon
Location: Toronto Fire Services Special Operations Training Centre, 200 Bermondsey Rd.

This “first of its kind” program will highlight operational concerns and impacts at a hybrid vehicle-related incident or emergency.

“Hybrid vehicles can be potentially dangerous if firefighters are not prepared and observant, but with a few simple steps, firefighters can quickly take this new technology and manage it and make a crash scene a safe and efficient rescue mission,” said Captain Mark Bardgett, Toronto Fire Services New Vehicle Technology Program Co-ordinator.

Technology issues encountered in hybrid vehicles can be quite daunting and intimidating without background information for firefighters. In addition to vehicle rescue issues, Toronto firefighters encounter other challenges, including vehicle fires and persons with medical problems. To facilitate rescue operations, it is helpful for firefighters to be aware of different types of safety systems, battery locations, vehicle component materials and motive power.

Members of the media who are interested in attending a full-day seminar should contact Captain Mark Bardgett at 416-338-9542.

Media contact:

Acting District Chief Mike Strapko
Toronto Fire Services
Public Information Office



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