PENDER ISLAND, BC - Exhaustion is visible on her face, but Gulf Islands Fire Cadet Jalene Cartwright struggles to drag a 50-kilogram (110-pound) dummy as fast as she can. Collapsing on the ground when she completes the task, the 17-year-old Cartwright is mobbed by instructors and students, who help remove an air tank and mask so she can breathe fresh air.
As soon as the mask is removed, she learns that she shaved 20 seconds off her personal best time to complete the daily firefighters combat challenge course in 2:28 minutes. “I kicked my own ass!” Cartwright cheers....
...After observing Cartwright’s performance at Pender Fire Hall #1 on Saturday, B.C.’s Deputy Fire Commissioner Richard Simpson grinned that he’d be pleased to share her ass-kicking self-evaluation comment with the Minister of Public Safety as an example of the program’s success. Cartwright was one of 14 cadets from Colwood, Langford, Pender, Salt Spring and Saturna who attended the six-day camp.