Local First Responders Learn New Rescue Skills through National Auto Body Council First Responder Emergency Extrication (F.R.E.E.™) Program

Pulaski, VA (September 3, 2019) – More than 50 first responders from 10 fire departments gathered on August 27 for a demonstration of the latest techniques in emergency vehicle extrication, preparing them to provide the best response for car accident victims in the region, all thanks to the National Auto Body Council F.R.E.E.™ program and Tuck’s Collision.

In crashes where minutes can spell the difference between life and death, first responders to the accident scene need up-to-date information so they can act quickly and safely! Knowing specifically where and how to efficiently cut, pry and extricate can make the difference in saving precious minutes and lives as well as the safety of the first responders.

Keeping first responders up to date on the latest new technology in vehicles is a challenge for every local fire department. The NABC First Responder Emergency Extrication program (F.R.E.E.™) helps first responders stay abreast of the rapid changes in vehicle design. High-strength steel, airbags, advanced restraint systems, onboard technology and safety around alternative fuel vehicles are all covered in the program. The growing popularity of high-voltage hybrid and electric vehicles and the many safety concerns surrounding these vehicles makes this program a necessity. 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 pose dangers for first responders if need arises to cut or pry the vehicle for rescue.

Tuck’s Collision, located at 1001 E. Main St. in Pulaski, VA, hosted first responders from 10 fire departments from the surrounding area at a special NABC F.R.E.E.™ education program on August 27 in Pulaski to help ensure Virginia drivers have the best prepared response in case of an accident.

“My goal was to show people a start-to-finish accident scene,” said Stacy Tuck of Tuck’s Collision. “You get behind the wheel and are distracted or are inebriated (alcohol or drugs) and this is what the end result could be like, whether for you or the person you hit.”

State Farm Insurance provided the late-model vehicles and Genesis Rescue Systems supplied the classroom education and extrication demonstration. In addition, the Virginia State Police provided a distracted driver awareness program.

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 2,180 vehicles, provided extrication opportunities for over 1,000 First Responders and contributed to thousands of distracted driving pledges in communities through NABC Recycled Rides®, First Responder Emergency Extrication (F.R.E.E.™) and the Distracted Driving Initiative. 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.