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Local Myrtle Beach First Responders Learn New Rescue Skills through National Auto Body Council® First Responder Emergency Extrication (F.R.E.E.™) Program to Make Area Drivers Safer on the Road

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NABC F.R.E.E.™ Program, CARSTAR Myrtle Beach, USAA Insurance and Genesis Rescue Systems Provided Education and Guidance for Myrtle Beach Fire Departments and surrounding areas on Extricating People from Today’s Advanced Vehicles

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. – More than 20 first responders from Myrtle Beach Fire Departments and surrounding areas gathered recently 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 Myrtle Beach and surrounding areas all thanks to the National Auto Body Council® F.R.E.E.™ program, CARSTAR Myrtle Beach, USAA Insurance and Genesis Rescue Systems.

When drivers in Myrtle Beach and surrounding areas have an accident, they rely on the community’s first responders to be there to help them to safety. And when they are driving a late-model vehicle with numerous airbags, advanced technology or electric/hybrid engines, the rescue can be more challenging.

The NABC® First Responder Emergency Extrication program (F.R.E.E.™) helps first responders stay abreast of the rapid changes in vehicle design, including high-strength steel, airbags, advanced restraint systems and onboard technology. Alternative fuel systems found in electric and hybrid vehicles present new challenges for first responders on the accident scene.

CARSTAR Myrtle Beach, at 1560 Highway 501, Myrtle Beach, SC, hosted first responders from Myrtle Beach Fire Departments and surrounding areas at a special NABC F.R.E.E.™ instruction program on June 4,, 2022 to help ensure Myrtle Beach drivers have the best prepared response in case of an accident.

“USAA and NABC® have given first responders amazing training they will only get in the field under pressure to save lives,” said Ken Depper, owner of CARSTAR Myrtle Beach. “This training will give first responders the tools to save lives on the front lines.”

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

ABOUT THE NATIONAL AUTO BODY COUNCIL®

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 nearly 3,000 vehicles, provided extrication opportunities for nearly 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.

Deborah Robinson
Author: Deborah Robinson