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Friday, 01 June 2018 16:11

Rescue Equipment Manufacturers Join NABC to Expand First Responder Program

JL Freed Honda hosted two NABC F.R.E.E. events, a morning and afternoon session, to accommodate 80 Philadelphia-area first responders. Vehicles were provided by State Farm with instruction and rescue tools from Hurst Jaws of Life. JL Freed Honda hosted two NABC F.R.E.E. events, a morning and afternoon session, to accommodate 80 Philadelphia-area first responders. Vehicles were provided by State Farm with instruction and rescue tools from Hurst Jaws of Life.

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The National Auto Body Council (NABC) recently announced that its First Responder Emergency Extrication (F.R.E.E.™) program is ready to kick into high gear with the addition of rescue tool manufacturers Hurst Jaws of Life and Genesis Rescue Systems providing instructors for NABC member-hosted extrication events nationwide.

NABC’s F.R.E.E. program is unique in that it provides first responders with hands-on practice specifically on late model vehicles equipped with today’s new car technology, including lighter weight, high-strength steels, sophisticated electronics and multiple airbag systems.


With the resources of Hurst Jaws of life and Genesis Rescue Systems, two of the largest manufacturers of rescue equipment in the U.S., NABC can now offer more opportunities for NABC members to host F.R.E.E. events and provide valuable extrication practice opportunities to hundreds more first responders nationwide.


To support the increased demand for F.R.E.E. events, State Farm has committed to providing the majority of the salvage vehicles for the program with additional support from Allstate. Each event typically requires 3--4 vehicles for approximately 40 participating first responders to practice their cutting and extricating skills. 


“Auto extrication presents increasingly complex rescue challenges to first responders,” said Mike Canon, director of rescue sales for Hurst Jaws of Life.  “These new challenges include stronger and stronger ultra high-strength steels, more pressurized airbag cylinders, and more hybrid and electric vehicles on the road. It’s critical that first responders train on new model vehicles that are not always easy to acquire. NABC and the F.R.E.E. Program present an excellent opportunity to do just that.”


Shelby Howell, administrator of training, Genesis Rescue Systems, added, “Genesis Rescue Systems focuses on offering and participating in programs that help first responders stay safe and save lives. With a strong focus on research and development along with engineering, we achieve a goal of producing an entire line of equipment that is ergonomically friendly, quick to deploy and easy for rescuers to do their job. Assisting the National Auto Body Council with their First Responder Emergency Extrication (F.R.E.E.) Program is a good fit for Genesis and a win-win for all stakeholders, rescue personnel [and] even more importantly, crash victims.”


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