Local Escondido, CA, First Responders Learn New Rescue Skills to Help Make Escondido Drivers Safer on the Road Through National Auto Body Council® First Responder Emergency Extrication (F.R.E.E.™) Program

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Fix Auto USA, Nationwide Insurance and Genesis Rescue Systems Hosted First Responders at the Escondido Fire Station #1 for Education Event to Demonstrate How to Extricate People from Today’s Advanced Vehicles on June 24

MEDIA NOTE: Photos and video from the NABC® F.R.E.E.™  Presentation are available (here)

ESCONDIDO, CA (June 29, 2023) – More than 30 first responders from the Escondido Fire Department donned their rescue gear today 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 the Escondido area all thanks to Fix Auto USA, Nationwide Insurance, Genesis Rescue Systems and the National Auto Body Council® F.R.E.E.™ program.

Fix Auto Escondido hosted first responders at Escondido Fire Station #1 as part of a special NABC F.R.E.E.™ education and guidance program on Saturday, June 24 to help ensure Escondido drivers have the best prepared response in case of an accident.

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 challenging presented by electric and hybrid engines, and first responders need a whole new arsenal of rescue tools and procedures.

“We appreciated the opportunity for the training class and the hands-on experience,” said Ron Sargis, Escondido battallion chief.

The National Auto Body Council® First Responder Emergency Education (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.

Nationwide Insurance provided the vehicles, and Genesis Rescue Systems supplied the classroom education and extrication demonstration. 



The National Auto Body Council® is the premier organization of collision industry partners dedicated to strategic networking opportunities that positively change lives in the communities we serve. The collaborative membership of the National Auto Body Council® has gifted more than 3,000 vehicles, provided extrication opportunities for more than 5,000 First Responders and is helping educate students and adult drivers in communities around the country through NABC Recycled Rides®, NABC First Responder Emergency Extrication (F.R.E.E.™) and the NABC® Drive Out Distraction program. That effort equates to a 4:1 ROI in dollar value delivered from NABC® membership dollars. The National Auto Body Council® is changing the paradigm of how the collision industry works and is viewed. For more information, visit www.NationalautoBodyCouncil.org.