Pennsylvania Collision Repair Center Hosts First Responders for NABC F.R.E.E. Program
First responders learned the latest techniques in emergency vehicle extrication to rescue accident victims from late-model vehicles.
Written by Autobody News Staff
Published Nov. 14, 2023
More than 60 first responders from the Lancaster, PA, Fire Department and surrounding areas donned their rescue gear on Veterans Day, Nov. 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, all thanks to Faulkner Collision Center of Lancaster, USAA Insurance, HURST Jaws of Life and the National Auto Body Council (NABC) First Responder Emergency Education (F.R.E.E.) program.
Today’s vehicles are equipped with numerous airbags, advanced technology and innovative safety systems that keep drivers safer in case of an accident. But these same safety advantages make it harder for first responders to rescue those drivers and passengers. Add to that the potential challenge presented by electric and hybrid engines, and first responders need a whole new arsenal of rescue tools and procedures.
The NABC F.R.E.E. program helps prepare local first responder teams to rescue accident victims from these late-model vehicles. The program provides education and live demonstrations on working with high-strength steel, airbags, advanced restraint systems, onboard technology and safety around alternative fuel vehicles. Since it was founded, it has provided education for more than 5,000 first responders.
“We appreciate our first responders and know that training on newer vehicles including electric and hybrid vehicles is so important. We are pleased to host this training and work with USAA Insurance, Hurst Jaws of Life and NABC,” said April Lausch, collision center manager, Faulkner Collision Center of Lancaster.
USAA Insurance provided the vehicles, and HURST Jaws of Life supplied the classroom education and extrication demonstration.