Niagara Falls, NY, First Responders Train in Advanced Rescue Skills

The NABC F.R.E.E. program teaches how to extricate passengers from vehicles with new safety technologies.

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First responders at a similar event held last year learn how to rescue collision victims from new vehicles.

In an effort to stay ahead of technological advancements in vehicle design, first responders from the Niagara Falls, NY, Fire Department participated in an advanced rescue training session. This event, held May 4, was hosted by Auto Collision & Glass in collaboration with major industry partners, focusing on the challenges posed by modern vehicles in emergency situations.

The training, part of the National Auto Body Council (NABC) First Responder Emergency Education (F.R.E.E.) program, showcased the latest techniques for emergency vehicle extrication. It addressed the complexities introduced by new safety technologies, such as high-strength steel, advanced restraint systems and alternative fuel vehicles, which can impede rescue operations following accidents.

“This was a great opportunity. Staging later model cars to duplicate real life situations is valuable,” one Niagara Falls first responder said.

“We look forward to providing first responders the opportunity to cut newer cars each year,” said Auto Collison & Glass Manager Joe Lavey.

Genesis Rescue Systems supplied the necessary tools and expertise for the extrication demonstrations. GEICO Insurance provided the vehicles used.

Since its inception, the NABC F.R.E.E. program has educated more than 5,500 first responders, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to efficiently manage rescues in a landscape of rapidly evolving vehicle technologies.

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