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Imperial Beach Firefighters & Lifeguards Demolition Derby Participation at San Diego County Fair Help Raise $77k for Burn Institute

Jun 14, 2017 08:27PM ● Published by Paul Spear

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Imperial Beach Firefighters & Lifeguards Demolition Derby Participation at San Diego County Fair Help Raise $77k for Burn Institute.

Imperial Beach Entered 2 Teams in this Year’s Demolition Derby at the SD County Fair. Driving were Imperial Beach Firefighter Paramedic John Olsen and Lifeguard Sergeant Jason Lindquist.

June 3rd, 2017 - This year 15 teams managed to raise $77,000 for the Burn Institute at the 27th Annual Fire & Safety Expo and Firefighters Demolition Derby. For 27 years firefighters (and even a few lifeguards) representing municipal, tribal and military departments have banded together to obtain sponsors, build cars and crash them all in an effort to raise funds to support burn survivor children and promote burn prevention education programs. The demolition derby held at the San Diego County Fair included a fire engine parade and fire exposition where fairgoers could experience a fire safety house, witness a vehicle extrication demonstration and receive some fire prevention education.

Imperial Beach was represented by the returning pair of Firefighter Paramedic John Olsen and Lifeguard Sergeant Jason Lindquist. Lindquist fought valiantly through the first elimination round but his M7 BMW finally succumbed to the carnage near the end of the last chance qualifier. This will be that last appearance for Sergeant Lindquist as a driver as he will be focusing on more of a builder and mentorship role. Olsen was also forced into the last chance qualifier but transferred to the main event. Olsen and the Imperial Beach Fire team were assisted by members of National City Fire and Bonita Fire in a frenzied thrash to repair his Crown Victoria. Firefighter Olsen was able to muster a second place finish in the main event repeating his runner up position from 2016. The event win went to Chris Wrisley of Heartland Fire / Lemon Grove who after 6 years of trying secured his first win.

The $77,000 in proceeds raised from the Firefighter demolition derby go directly to support burn and scald prevention education programs presented in schools county wide as well as funding the annual child burn survivor retreat Camp beyond the scars.

Photo credit: Barry Claessens of BC Photography.

A big "Thank you! to Tom Santos, Assistant Fire Marshal for the Imperial Beach Fire-

 Rescue Department. Not only did Tom help with this article, Tom also helped organize this years demolition derby and was named the 2017 Burn Institute Volunteer of the Year in May and was recognized for his work with the Burn Institute May 17th Imperial Beach City Council Meeting.

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