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Monday, 27 June 2022 09:30

St. Louis First Responders Learn New Rescue Skills Through NABC F.R.E.E. Program

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More than 30 first responders from fire departments in St. Louis, MO, and surrounding areas gathered May 23 for a hands-on demonstration of the latest techniques in emergency vehicle extrication, preparing them to provide the best response for car accident victims.

The demonstration was thanks to the National Auto Body Council® (NABC) F.R.E.E.™ program, Miner’s Towing, Farmers Insurance and SENTINEL Emergency Solutions/HURST Jaws of Life.
 
When drivers in St. Louis have an accident, they rely on the community’s first responders to be there to help them to safety. And when they are driving a late-model vehicle with numerous airbags, advanced technology or electric/hybrid engines, the rescue can be more challenging.
 
To provide first responders with additional information on electric vehicles, Mike McConnell from Tesla provided technical information about Tesla vehicles via a remote broadcast to the classroom segment of the NABC F.R.E.E. program.
 
The NABC First Responder Emergency Extrication program (F.R.E.E.) helps first responders stay abreast of the rapid changes in vehicle design, including high-strength steel, airbags, advanced restraint systems and onboard technology. Alternative fuel systems found in electric and hybrid vehicles present new challenges for first responders on the accident scene.
 
Farmers Insurance provided the vehicles, and SENTINEL Emergency Solutions/HURST Jaws of Life supplied the classroom education and extrication demonstration.

 

Source: NABC