Local firefighters to receive crucial information to help
save lives at the scene of an accident;
new advancements in vehicle design to be a point of emphasis.
There are over 5.8 million vehicle collisions a year. In crashes where minutes can spell the difference between life and death, first responders to the accident scene need proper training so they can act quickly. On Tuesday, September 11, Tuck’s Collision in Pulaski, a member of the National Auto Body Council (NABC), will deliver the latest in vehicle emergency occupant extrication training to first responders, ultimately helping to save lives.
The First Responders Emergency Extrication (FREE) program is a four-hour course that incorporates classroom and hands-on instruction, including demonstrations of vehicle cutting techniques.
“First responders such as firemen require the most current vehicle information to be effective,” states FREE Chairman Mike Quinn of 911 Collision Centers. “FREE helps keep them up to date, which is more important than ever given the rapid onslaught of advancements in vehicle design such as high-strength steels, advanced restraint systems, and multiple air bags. The growing popularity of high-voltage hybrid vehicles also makes this class a necessity.”
Late model vehicles, scheduled to be donated by insurance companieswill be available for participants to practice on, a great aspect of the program since most fire departments have no access to such vehicles.
“As its name implies, the FREE program is delivered at no cost,” says NABC Executive Director Sulkala. “This is a great opportunity for the collision repair industry—which has access to some of the most current information on vehicle design and construction—to pass it on to those needing it most.”
Hurst, Jaws of Life rescue equipment, will be present at the program displaying key products used to increase the speed at which occupants can be removed safely from damaged vehicles.
About FREE: The First Responders Emergency Extrication (FREE) program is a community awareness project whereby members of the NABC repair and donate total loss vehicles for first responder organizations in need throughout the United States. FREE promotes efficient motor vehicle rescue procedures for emergency personnel at the scene of an accident and is provided to participants free of charge.
About NABC: NABC is a non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the image of the collision industry. Our ongoing and continued success is a direct result of the efforts and support of our sponsoring companies and membership. Please contact NABC directly for membership information. Call 1-888-667-7433 (888-66PRIDE) or go to www.autobodycouncil.org.