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Friday, 12 August 2022 08:42

First Responders Convene at CARSTAR Chilton Auto Body Through the NABC F.R.E.E.™ Program

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The NABC First Responder Emergency Extrication (F.R.E.E.™) program has helped to educate nearly 5,000 first responders on how to extricate people from today’s advanced vehicles. The NABC First Responder Emergency Extrication (F.R.E.E.™) program has helped to educate nearly 5,000 first responders on how to extricate people from today’s advanced vehicles.

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Without first responders, countless lives would be lost nationwide on our roads every year. Luckily, more than 2 million first responders risk their lives annually in the U.S. alone to save others.

The job of a first responder has changed dramatically since the inception of electric vehicles and hybrids. Pulling someone out of a car was a fairly simple act 20 years ago. But now, with late-model vehicles that can have six to 10 airbags, advanced technology or electric/hybrid engines onboard, the rescue can be more challenging than ever.

 

Through the National Auto Body Council® (NABC) First Responder Emergency Extrication (F.R.E.E.™) Program, a four-hour educational event took place Aug. 10 at CARSTAR Chilton Auto Body in Santa Clara, CA, in conjunction with CSAA Insurance and HURST Jaws of Life.

 

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The firefighters had the opportunity to work with extrication tools provided by HURST Jaws of Life.

 

After participating in both classroom and hands-on education during the morning, 20-plus firefighters from three Silicon Valley cities---Santa Clara, Oakland and Woodside---will now be better prepared on how to extricate people from today’s advanced vehicles.

 

Steve Sikes, vice president of revenue operations for CARSTAR Chilton Auto Body, was pleased by the number of first responders on-site.

 

“At Chilton’s, we are proud to play a valuable role in educating these amazing individuals and showing them how to extricate drivers and passengers from today’s advanced vehicles,” Sikes said. “On top of that, it we end up saving lives as a result, that’s even better. We are doing something special and helping the community in a huge way. This educational session was hands-on and comprehensive and taught by Eric Sanders from HURST Jaws of Life---so we know that the participants received the latest and relevant training available in the industry.”

 

“The growing popularity of high-voltage hybrid and EVs and the many safety concerns surrounding these vehicles makes this program more and more of a necessity,” NABC said in a statement. “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...


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