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National Auto Body Council® First Responder Emergency Extrication (F.R.E.E.™) Program to Make St. Louis, MO, Drivers Safer on the Road

NABC F.R.E.E.™ Program, Miner’s Towing, Farmers Insurance, and SENTINEL Emergency Solutions / HURST Jaws of Life Provided Education and Guidance for St Louis Fire Departments and surrounding areas on Extricating People from Today’s Advanced Vehicles

ST LOUIS, MO – More than 30 first responders from St. Louis Fire Departments and surrounding areas gathered May 23 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 St Louis Missouri, all thanks to the National Auto Body Council® F.R.E.E.™ program, Miner’s Towing, Farmers Insurance, and SENTINEL Emergency Solutions / HURST Jaws of Life.

When drivers in St. Louis 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.

To provide First Responders with additional information on electric vehicles, Mike McConnell from Tesla provided technical information about Tesla vehicles via a remote broadcast to the classroom segment of the NABC F.R.E.E.™ program.

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.

Farmers Insurance provided the vehicles, and SENTINEL Emergency Solutions / HURST Jaws of Life 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