Port Moody Fire-Rescue mud rescue exercise to go ahead without Canadian Coast Guard air-cushion vehicle (hovercraft)
The Port Moody Fire-Rescue (PMFR) mudflats training event scheduled for June 14 has been adjusted to exclude the use of a Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) air-cushion vehicle (hovercraft).
The decision to conduct the mud rescue exercise without CCG participation was made after consultation with Environment and Parks groups, who informed Port Moody Fire-Rescue that it is currently nesting season for heron, osprey, and purple martin. PMFR will reschedule the inclusion of CCG at a more suitable time.
The mud rescue exercise will go ahead without CCG participation on June 14 from 12noon to approximately 2:30pm.
During the exercise, staff will walk out onto the mudflats at low tide, sink in, and get stuck. PMFR personnel will then rescue trapped staff. This exercise is part of annual mud rescue training for PMFR staff due to the danger posed by the mudflats, which can act like quicksand in some areas.
The City of Port Moody, Port Moody Fire-Rescue, and Port Moody Police work to educate residents and visitors on a regular basis about the danger posed by the mudflats. People are urged to stay off the mudflats; while it may seem firm, the mud can give way suddenly. People and animals can sink, get stuck, and be unable to get out before the tide comes in.