Over 120 first responders from the Kansas City and St Joe area attended demonstrations offered by CARSTAR on how to extricate people from today’s advanced vehicles.
The National Auto Body Council First Responder Emergency Extrication (F.R.E.E.) training on the latest in technology was offered by three CARSTAR locations in the Kansas City area.
CARSTAR hosted three events in St Joseph and Smithville, MO and Stilwell, KS Oct 16-18.
Fire departments from Kansas City MO and KS, St Joseph, Smithville, Overland Park, Lee’s Summit, Lenexa, Johnson County, Anderson County, Shawnee Heights, Louisburg, Winfield, Rushville, King City, Maryville, Warrensburg, Fishing River and Falls City attended one of the three events.
Steve Hahn, owner of CARSTAR Metcalf said CARSTAR is committed to helping our community become a safer place to live. “Hosting the NABC F.R.E.E.™ events are a way for CARSTAR to further serve the Kansas City area,” added Hahn.
Twelve salvage vehicles were donated by State Farm for fire fighters to practice “cutting” techniques. “State Farm is proud to support this program that will help prepare our first responders to handle the emergency situations they’ll face,” said Kevin Gamble, State Farm Community and Media Relations. “We make it our business to help build safer, stronger, and better educated communities.”
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 quicly and safely. Knowing where and how to efficiently cut, pry and extricate can make the difference in saving precious minutes and lives as well as the safety of the first responders.
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Keeping first responders up to date on the latest new technology in vehicles is a challenge for every local fire department. The NABC First Responder Emergency Extrication program (F.R.E.E.™) helps first responders stay 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. 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 responers if need arises to cut or pry the vehicle for rescue.
Billy Hurt from Alex Air Apparatus was the instructor at all three events. The program displayed key products used to increase the speed at which occupants can be removed safely from damaged vehicles. Hurst Jaws of Life is a rescue equipment manufacturer who has partnered with the National Auto Body Council.
Hahn said, “Our training and experience in repairing vehicles also translates into knowledge of how to “cut” these vehicles in an emergency scenario. Hurst knows the tools and techniques for extrication. CARSTAR body shops know the vehicles.”
The First Responder Emergency Extrication (F.R.E.E.™) program is a project of the National Auto Body Council.
The First Responder Emergency Extrication (F.R.E.E.™) program is a community awareness project whereby members of the National Auto Body Council repair and donate total loss vehicles for first responder organizations in need throughout the United States. F.R.E.E. promotes efficient motor vehicle rescue procedures for emergency personnel at the scene of an accident and is provided to participants free of charge.
CARSTAR -- a part of the Driven Brands, Inc. family of automotive aftermarket franchise brands -- is North America’s largest Multi-Shop Operator Network of independently owned collision repair facilities with more than 600 locations in 35 states and 10 Canadian provinces. CARSTAR in the U.S. and CARSTAR in Canada deliver national scale, consistently high-quality vehicle repairs, repeatable outcomes and the industry’s highest customer satisfaction ratings; all repairs are backed by a national warranty and service guarantee. Through a variety of fundraising initiatives, CARSTAR, its franchisees, partners and employees have raised over $3 million for Cystic Fibrosis Canada, and has made fighting cystic fibrosis its cause, North American wide. For more information visit www.carstar.com and www.carstar.ca and follow on Facebook and twitter. CARSTAR is actively seeking new franchisees. Interested parties should contact 844-906-9764.
About The National Auto Body Council
The National Auto Body Council (NABC) is the premier organization of collision industry partners dedicated to strategic networking opportunities that positively change lives in the communities we serve.
The collaborative membership of the National Auto Body Council has gifted more than 1,800 vehicles, provided extrication opportunities to over 1,000 First Responders and contributed to thousands of distracted driving pledges in our communities through NABC Recycled Rides™, First Responder Emergency Extrication (F.R.E.E.™) and the Distracted Driving Initiative. That effort equates to a 4:1 ROI in dollar value delivered from NABC membership dollars.
The National Auto Body Council is changing the paradigm of how the collision industry works and is viewed. For more information, visit www.NationalAutoBodyCouncil.org.