Racing to a fire or medical emergency isn’t exactly like off-road racing, but when Daisy Mountain Fire & Medical needs to reach a remote spot in a hurry, a little training from a guy who has won the Baja 500 and Baja 1000 couldn’t hurt.
That’d be Joe Bacal, of JTGrey Unlimited, an Anthem company. Bacal recently guided DMFM personnel through specialized off-road driver training near Daisy Mountain Fire Station 146 in New River. Over three days, trainees learned about their vehicle’s capabilities and techniques like proactive driving, picking a line of attack on difficult terrain, and the many (safe) ways to use winch.
“There can be a challenge accessing patients in remote areas, and that’s why this training was important,” said Dave Jensen, DMFM training division chief.