In crashes where minutes can spell the difference between life and death, first responders to the accident scene need up-to-date training so they can act quickly and safely.
Keeping firefighters abreast of the latest new technology in vehicles is a challenge for every local fire department. The First Responder Emergency Extrication program (F.R.E.E.) keeps first responders abreast of the rapid changes in vehicle design. High-strength steel, airbags, advanced restraint systems and safety around alternative fuel vehicles are all covered in the training.
CARSTAR Don & Ron’s, located at 5329 South 72nd St., Omaha, NE, hosted a F.R.E.E. event on March 14.
More than 30 firefighters from Omaha, Ralston, Boys Town, Council Bluffs and Emerson, IA, attended this training. The true strength of this program is the opportunity to practice “cutting” late model vehicles. Salvage cars were donated so first responders could get a chance to practice “cutting” vehicles in a controlled and safe environment.