Bay doors open – Annual winterization event helps 4 Wing members stay safe in the winter

Members from 4 Wing TEME Flight held their bi-annual charity event changing oil and tires on 4 Wing members’ cars on Saturday Oct. 13, 2018. The event raises funds for the unit’s entertainment fund, and 25 per cent of funds raised are donated to the Soldier On grant program. Photos by Christopher King

Members from 4 Wing TEME Flight held their bi-annual charity event changing oil and tires on 4 Wing members’ cars on Saturday Oct. 13, 2018. The event raises funds for the unit’s entertainment fund, and 25 per cent of funds raised are donated to the Soldier On grant program.
Photos by Christopher King

Christopher King

4 Wing opened the bay doors this weekend for a little winter maintenance and prep. On Saturday October 13, 4 Wing Cold Lake members and their families took their personal vehicles to Transportation and Electrical and Mechanical Engineering (TEME) flight (Flt) for the annual tire change charity event.

Michaela Bratzke, CR4 at TEME Flt, said the bi-annual event raises an average of $1,000 per event and 25 per cent of the funds are donated to the Soldier On grant program.

“We want to make sure everyone is safe during the winter season as well as the summer season,” Bratzke said. “We like working with the community and we’re putting this on to help out other members of the military.”

In the fall season it’s called the Annual Charity 4 Wing Winterization event where 4 Wing Mission Support Squadron’s (MSS) TEME Flt performs oil changes, changes or mounts winter tires and flushes washer fluid to be replaced with cold weather rated fluid.

In the spring, the same is done to switch over to summer tires and washer fluid.

“We don’t supply the oil and filter, they have to supply their own. We just help them out by putting it on because when people go overseas on tour and spouses are here by themselves, it makes things convenient for them,” Bratzke said. “Yes, it benefits our entertainment fund, but we also donate money to Soldier On which is important to a lot of men and women in uniform.”

This event had 49 appointments pre-booked, starting as early as 7 a.m., and 55 volunteers helping to change tires, oil, inspect vehicles and wash them.

“We do inspections to let them know if their brakes need to be changed,” Bratzke said. “We don’t fix it, we definitely tell them if there’s something wrong with their vehicle that they need to have looked at.”

While the volunteers give up a day on their weekend to help fundraise, Bratzke said it’s also a good opportunity for the Transport Flt and the Royal Canadian Electrical Mechanical Engineering (RCEME) Flt to get to know each other better.

“We’re bringing together RCEME and Transport because after posting season there are a lot of new faces,” she said. “This is a good way to meet people from the other teams.”

Christopher King Technicians inspect a vehicle at the annual winterization charity event on Saturday Oct. 13, 2018.

Technicians inspect a vehicle at the annual winterization charity event on Saturday Oct. 13, 2018.

 

Technicians changing a tire.

Technicians changing a tire.

A technician assists with backing a vehicle off the lift after completing an oil change.

A technician assists with backing a vehicle off the lift after completing an oil change.