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Local fire fighters learn rescue skills through NABC F.R.E.E. program

Monday, September 17, 2018 - 07:00
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In crashes where minutes can spell the difference between life and death, first responders to the accident scene need up-to-date information so they can act quickly and safely! Knowing specifically where and how to efficiently cut and extricate can make the difference in saving precious minutes and lives as well as the safety of the first responders.
 
Keeping first responders up to date on the latest new technology in vehicles is a challenge for every local fire department. The National Auto Body Council F.R.E.E.™ keeps first responders abreast of the rapid changes in vehicle design. High-strength steel, airbags, advanced restraint systems, onboard technology and safety around alternative fuel vehicles are all covered in the program.
 
Tuck’s Collision and Restoration at 1001 E Main St, Pulaski, VA. 24301 hosted 37 first responders from 13 area fire departments and four counties at a special NABC F.R.E.E. education and guidance program on Tuesday, September 11, to help ensure Pulaski-are drivers have the best prepared response in case of an accident.

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Partners in the program were Hurst Jaws of Life, Al’s on First, Always and Forever Photo, Advance Auto, DCT Towing, Duncan’s, Food City, Little Debbie, Northwest Hardware, O’Reilly, PRS Towing & Recovery, Roger Caudell, Shelor’s, State Farm, Thompson Tire and Tractor Supply.
 
The NABC F.R.E.E. program provides advanced instruction and guidance to help first responders practice cutting techniques on advanced vehicles, addressing high-strength steel and composite materials, multiple airbags, onboard technology and changing vehicle design. Hurst Jaws of Life is providing classroom instruction and extrication demonstration.
 
The growing popularity of high-voltage hybrid and electric vehicles and the many safety concerns surrounding these vehicles makes this program a necessity.  Alternative fuel systems present different challenges when first responders arrive at the scene of an accident.  Electric cars, hybrid cars and natural gas vehicles have fuel systems that pose dangers for first responders if need arises to cut or pry the vehicle for rescue.

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