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

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Caliber, State Farm, Municipal Emergency Services and Hurst Jaws of Life Hosted First Responders for Education Event to Demonstrate How to Extricate People from Today’s Advanced Vehicles on June 12

JEFFERSON, GA (June 23, 2023) – First responders from Jackson County area fire departments donned their rescue gear recently for a hands-on demonstration of the latest techniques in emergency vehicle extrication. The demonstration prepares them to provide the best response for car accident victims in the Jefferson area all thanks to Caliber, State Farm, HURST Jaws of Life and the National Auto Body Council® F.R.E.E.™ program.

Jackson County Fire Training Center hosted local first responders at a special NABC F.R.E.E.™ education and guidance program on June 12 to ensure area 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. However, these same safety advantages make it harder for first responders to rescue those drivers and passengers. Add to that the potential challenges presented by electric and hybrid engines, and first responders need a whole new arsenal of rescue tools and procedures.

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.

“Caliber is proud to support our first responders who heroically protect and serve our communities by participating in training and educational opportunities such as the NABC’s First ResponderExtrication Education® program,” said Matt Kessinger, Vice President of Operations for Caliber Collision. ”As one of the nation’s largest automotive services providers,  this program aligns with and further embodies our purpose of  Restoring the Rhythm of Your Life® for our customers, teammates, clients and our neighbors here in Jackson County and across the country.”  

State Farm provided the vehicles, Municipal Emergency Services and HURST Jaws of Life 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.


Founded in 1997, the Caliber portfolio of brands has grown to more than 1,600 centers nationwide and features a full range of complementary automotive services, including Caliber Collision, the nation’s largest auto collision repair provider across 41 states, Caliber Auto Care for mechanical repair and quick oil change services and Caliber Auto Glass for glass repair and replacement.

Caliber was recognized as the only company of its kind to make the Forbes 2021 list of “America’s Best Large Employers,” an honor awarded to companies with high employee satisfaction. Caliber was also the only auto service provider to receive an Inc. 2021 Best in Business gold medal in the Extra-Large Company (500+ employees) category, recognizing Caliber for going above and beyond to make a positive impact.

With the purpose of Restoring the Rhythm of Your Life®, Caliber’s more than 25,000 teammates are committed to getting customers back on the road safely—and back to the rhythm of their lives. Dedicated to providing an outstanding customer experience, Caliber continues to rank among the highest customer satisfaction scores in the industry. Learn more about Caliber at Caliber.com.