Monday, 27 September 2021 21:36

Virginia First Responders Learn Rescue Skills Through NABC® F.R.E.E.™ Program

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More than 35 first responders from Burkeville, VA, and surrounding areas gathered on Sept. 11, the 20-year anniversary of the 9/11 attack on the U.S., for a hands-on demonstration of the latest techniques in emergency vehicle extrication, preparing them to provide the best response for car accident victims in Burkeville and surrounding areas.

The demonstration was thanks to the National Auto Body Council (NABC)® First Responder Emergency Extrication program (F.R.E.E.)™ program, Burkeville BodyShop, USAA Insurance and Interstate HURST Jaws of Life.
When drivers in the Burkeville area 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.
The NABC 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.
Burkeville BodyShop at 302 2nd St., Burkeville, VA, hosted more than two dozen first responders from Burkeville, Farmville, Amelia and Mattoax fire departments at a special NABC F.R.E.E. instruction program Sept. 11 to help ensure Burkeville drivers have the best prepared response in case of an accident.
USAA provided the vehicles, and Interstate HURST Jaws of Life supplied the classroom education and extrication demonstration.


Source: NABC