On Sept. 10, Precision Collision Auto Body, a member of the National Auto Body Council (NABC), will deliver the latest in vehicle emergency occupant extrication training to local first responders.
The First Responders Emergency Extrication (FREE) program is a four-hour course that incorporates classroom and hands-on instruction, including airbag deployment demonstrations and vehicle cutting techniques.
“First responders such as firemen and EMTs require the most current vehicle information to be effective,” said 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 airbags. The growing popularity of high-voltage hybrid vehicles also makes this class a necessity.”
Current late model vehicles donated by local insurance companies will be available for participants to practice on, an important 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 Chuck 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.”
Holmatro, an international rescue equipment manufacturer, will be present at the program displaying key products used to increase the speed at which occupants can be removed safely from damaged vehicles.