The 2015 Rappelling crew from the Wildland Forest Firefighters has chosen HALS to benefit from their Annual Fun Run and VIMFF Movie Night.
Every spring, the Hinton training Centre fills with new recruits that have been invited to train in the 'Helitack-Rappel' program. Training in Hinton is the final stop for new recruits. To receive an invitation here, they must have proven themselves by passing a medical, succeeding in an intense display of physical fitness, and an interview. Their training days are full and start with a run at 6am. Their day can run until nightfall, with little or no time to themselves. Training includes both theory and practical in subjects such as radio, equipment use and maintenance, firefighting methods, fire weather and behavior, helicopter safety, and more. The recruits will progress from rappelling basics, through a minimum of 100 or more rappels from various levels on the rappel tower (as high as 55 feet), to mock-ups, ancillary helicopter operations and eventually to live rappels from a medium type helicopter (as high as 250 feet). These recruits are committed to succeed, and in order to succeed they need to be the best.
Each year the recruits organize a Fun Run and movie night, which shows the 'Best of the Vancouver International Film Festival'. As a way to show support and thank the community, they choose a local non-profit to benefit from this great event. The theme for this years run is 'Hollywood', and you can go cheer them on at 7am at the corner of Switzer and Robb on May 1st.
Tickets for the 'Best of VIMFF' can be purchased at The Old Grind, Wild Orchid Liquor Store, and the Hinton Library. There will be a silent auction as well. Doors for the movie open at 6:30pm and the movies are scheduled to begin at 7:00pm.