International rescue competition headed to old mall site

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - A big event is headed to the Grand Strand, and South Carolina for the first time.

It's an emergency training competition, a lot like the World Firefighter Combat Challenge that came to Myrtle Beach back in November.

It's called the 2011 International Auto Extrication Competition, and emergency personnel will be competing to save lives in simulated car accidents.

Teams of six emergency personnel have to rescue someone from actual emergency scenarios, doing whatever they need to, to get them out of the crushed car safely.

Myrtle Beach Fire Chief Alvin Payne says the event will draw in teams from all over the world.

"It'll have teams from throughout the world, Germany, England, we've already got commitments from [them], Chief Payne explained. "We're looking for a fairly large crowd. I think we'll have over 25 teams, and it'll be a great opportunity for some other countries to come in and enjoy Myrtle Beach."

The International Auto Extrication Event will be held at the old Myrtle Square Mall site on June 8th, 9th, and 10th.

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