1st Annual Pull-A-Plane Challenge Soars

Emergency Services Compete for Charity

This past Saturday, the 1st Annual Pull-A-Plane Challenge was a hit at the Wiarton Keppel International Airport. Despite the cold weather, emergency services competed to pull various vehicles down the runway. Vehicles included an OPP Cruiser, a Bruce County EMS Ambulance, a Plane, and two firetrucks that weighed over 30,000kg combined!

Local first responders came out in full force at the event with teams from Bruce Peninsula OPP, Grey County OPP, North Bruce Peninsula Fire Department, South Bruce Peninsula Fire Department and Bruce County EMS participating. Official timing had the OPP with the fastest pull of the plane. Overall timing of three separate pulls put North Bruce Fire as the best pullers of the day.

The airport was full of a festive atmosphere, with chili and hot beverages being served, and led to camaraderie among the different teams. It was an opportunity for teams to interact and socialize in a positive environment, not during stressful work situations.

All funds raised are going to support the United Way of Bruce Grey. In total, $1930 was raised to support the community through the United Way.  No official plans have been made, but teams are already looking forward to next year’s event. We’d like to thank all of the teams for participating and generously supporting our efforts. A big thank you to all of the sponsors: Penn Automotive, New Orleans Pizza Wiarton, Middlebro’ & Stevens LLP, Gary Taylor at Chestnut Park Realty. We’ll see you next year, hopefully on a warmer day!