It has been announced that first responders from Anaheim Fire & Rescue will cut up four cars in front of a live audience during NACE | CARS in a unique, hands-on program designed to help save critical seconds when extricating victims in accidents involving complex, late model vehicles.
This drill is part of First Responder Emergency Extrication (FREE) training, provided by the National Auto Body Council (NABC), with the support of State Farm, which will bring the vehicles.
The first training session will take place Thursday, August 11th, at 10 a.m., and there will be a second one held on Friday, August 12th, at 3 p.m., both right in the middle of the action of the Anaheim Convention Center.
“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,” said Anaheim Fire & Rescue Deputy Chief Jeff Alario. “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.”
The FREE training is provided at no cost as a community service by the National Auto Body Council. The extrication tools and instruction will be provided by Holmatro Rescue Equipment.
“Understanding the latest technologies helps 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,” said Elizabeth Clark, Property & Casualty Claims program manager at State Farm and a vice chair of the NABC.