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Stuntfest 2016 showed different levels of skills over the weekend from the amateurs who perform stunts on bikes to the professional risk-takers who offer to save lives with the Cayman Islands fire service.

Riders of different ages showed off their balance and wits at Stuntfest 2016, an event organized by members of the fire service who also used the event to demonstrate a “Jaws-of life” extrication to those in attendance.

One of the organisers for the event John-Mikol Rankin said risk-taking is a focal point of a firefighters life and added he is grateful for the opportunity to provide a safe environment for the stunt performers who displayed their talents in a controlled environment.

“Risk-taking can be dangerous but at the same time very thrilling and extra rewarding because that’s what our jobs as firefighters are you know the essence of taking risks, going in to save people, save lives so in the same way these guys who are into dirt bikes and motor sports they have that same type of feel ,” Mr. Rankin said.

Acting Deputy Fire Chief Randy Rankin gathered and prepared his firemen at the event giving an example of the “jaws-of-life” extrication exercise which he said helped to give his team some practice for saving a life with the crowd watching.

“It’s an excellent opportunity for us to train and do it in front of people, that’s even better, because that’s the type of conditions we work under it’s always lots of people around and we could never train too much so this is an excellent forum for us to show people what we do and for training at the same time,” Deputy Rankin said.

The Deputy Chief said six firemen volunteered to demonstrate the vehicle extrication and said the on-duty crew was present on hand in case of an emergency call.

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Mario Grey

Mario Grey

Mario Grey's passion for journalism has been long intertwined with his love of people and culture from his days as a youth growing up in the Cayman Islands. He captained his debate team whilst at John Gray High School and graduated as Head Prefect. He also worked at KVHU FM in Searcy, Arkansas, United States and worked and interned for Radio Cayman News before graduating from the University Of Arkansas at Little Rock in May 2015.

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