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Monday, 01 April 2019 15:49

PA, NJ First Responders Learn Rescue Skills Through NABC’s F.R.E.E. Program


More than 40 first responders from Pennsylvania and New Jersey fire departments along with local EMS providers gathered on March 23 for a demonstration of the latest techniques in emergency vehicle extrication.


The demonstration was intended to prepare them for providing the best response to car accident victims in the region, all thanks to the National Auto Body Council F.R.E.E.™ program and JL Freed Honda.


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, pry 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 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 make 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 or pry the vehicle for rescue.


State Farm, Allstate and JL Freed Honda provided the vehicles, and Hurst Tools and MES supplied the classroom education and extrication demonstration. North Montco Technical Career Center provided a catered luncheon, Rental World Lansdale donated tables and chairs, and Forge Gate towing aided in staging the vehicles and clean-up.

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