Crash Champions Collison Repair at 3930 Ridge Mill Drive, Hilliard, OH, hosted first responders from the Hilliard and Columbus communities at a special National Auto Body Council F.R.E.E. education and guidance program on Oct. 14, to help ensure Ohio drivers have the best prepared response in case of an accident.
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 NABC F.R.E.E. program 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.
Allstate donated the vehicles for the Ohio program, and Genesis Rescue Systems provided the equipment and instructors.
“Crash Champions is proud to partner with the NABC and Allstate Insurance to provide this invaluable training experience to first responders throughout the Columbus, OH, area,” said Natalie Zajc, VP of marketing at Crash Champions. “In an accident, minutes can save lives. The Crash Champions organization is honored to provide firefighters this hands-on training to learn proper extrication techniques on today’s vehicles. During these times, this was just a small way that we can give back to those that give so much for our safety every day.”
The NABC F.R.E.E. program provides advanced education 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.
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” the vehicle for rescue.