by: contributed photo, Boring's extrication team works quickly to pull people from the mangled wreckage of crashed automobiles.

The Boring Fire District will host a barbecue fund-raiser Saturday, May 3, to send representatives to the Transportation Emergency Rescue Committee's National Automobile Extrication Challenge. This annual competition will be held June 26-28 in New York.

Teams from across the country will participate in this year's nationals, competing in the spirit of the event to train and hone their skills as rescuers.

'We are extremely proud of the dedication and level of skill our firefighters possess,' Deputy Chief Rob Dahl said. 'Their showing in these competitions is impressive and translates to direct service provision during crashes that occur with in our fire district.'

National competitions such as this offer opportunities for firefighters to exchange information as well as put their training to the test in an environment that utilizes a competitive challenge to help mirror the immediacy of a true emergency.

Specifically, auto extrication - the process of removing individuals from tangled wreckage - is the focus of the competition.

Saturday's barbecue proceeds will help send career and volunteer Boring Fire District firefighters to New York for the training and the opportunity to demonstrate the expertise that local firefighters possess.

The Boring Fire District has competed in the past several years in the annual Oregon Extrication Challenge and took home top honors, placing first in several categories.

Each year, the district has qualified to compete in the national competition, but funding to send a team has remained an obstacle.

There will be something for everyone at the barbecue: food, music, tours of the fire station, and photo opportunities with firefighters and fire engines.

Firefighters also encourage people to display their hot rods. Chances are, there will be quite a few, due to the fact that Suburban's annual cruise-in takes place just before the barbecue.


Extrication Challenge BBQ Fund-raiser

When: 4 to 10 p.m. Saturday, May 3.

Where: Boring Fire District Main Station, 28655 S.E. Highway 212, Boring.

Cost: Dinner is $10 for adults and $5 for children. Menu includes hamburgers, hotdogs, chicken, barbecued pulled pork sandwiches, various salads, chips and soda.

More info: 503-663-4638.

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