Wednesday, 18 August 2021 09:11

Southern California First Responders Participate in NABC® F.R.E.E.™ Program


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More than 30 first responders from the Monrovia, CA, fire department gathered Aug. 10 and 11 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 Monrovia and surrounding areas.

The training was thanks to the National Auto Body Council® (NABC) F.R.E.E.™ program, Seidner’s Collision Centers, Automobile Club of California and HURST Jaws of Life.
When drivers in the San Gabriel Valley 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.
Seidner’s Collision Centers, at 1000 Evergreen St., Duarte, CA, hosted first responders from the surrounding area at a special NABC F.R.E.E.™ education and guidance program to help ensure Duarte area drivers have the best prepared response in case of an accident.
“We want to help make California drivers safer on the highways by ensuring our first responders have the education and preparation they need to rescue vehicle occupants from late-model cars,” said Gene Lopez, director of development and training for Seidner’s Collision Centers, which has 13 locations, seven in the San Gabriel Valley, and six in the Inland Empire. “This is our way of giving back to the first responders who put our safety first.”
The NABC® First Responder Emergency Education (F.R.E.E.™) program provides education and live demonstrations on working with high-strength steel, airbags, advanced restraint systems, onboard technology and safety around alternative fuel vehicles. First responders practice cutting techniques on advanced vehicles, addressing high-strength steel and...

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