First responders from Anaheim Fire & Rescue cut up four cars in front of a live audience at the 2016 NACE | CARS Expo and Conference in a unique, hands-on program designed to help save critical seconds when extricating victims in accidents involving complex, late-model vehicles.
These eye-opening drills are part of training called First Responder Emergency Extrication (FREE) by the National Auto Body Council (NABC) with the support of State Farm, which provided the vehicles. NABC members host FREE programs throughout the year across the country at no cost as a community service. Extrication tools and instruction are provided in partnership with Holmatro Rescue Equipment.
According to Anaheim Fire & Rescue Deputy Chief Jeff Alario, “With advancements in vehicle technology, including high-strength steels, sophisticated electronics and multiple airbag systems, knowing where and how to efficiently cut and extricate can make the difference in saving lives. Today’s vehicles make it safer for passengers but first responders often face challenges preventing further injuries to accident victims or themselves due to the complexities of new technology.”
Added Elizabeth Clark, Property & Casualty Claims program manager at State Farm and vice chair of NABC, “Understanding the latest technologies help first responders perform their duties safely. State Farm’s efforts to build safer, stronger and better-educated communities aligns well with the goals of the program.”