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

South Ryegate, VT — 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 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.

Darlings Auto Repair Inc. 315 Creamer Rd. South Ryegate, VT, 05069 hosted first responders from the Groton Volunteer Fire Department at a special NABC™ F.R.E.E.™ education and guidance program on September 14 to help ensure Vermont drivers have the best prepared response in case of an accident. State Farm Insurance donated the vehicle and Genesis Rescue Systems provided the classroom information and extrication demonstration.