Extrication Training Class For Gainesville Firefighters
GAINESVILLE-- Gainesville Firefighters are facing a supply shortage-- of junk cars.
During an extrication training class at Gainesville Fire Rescue Sation 3, firefighters practiced opening junk cars with power tools and the "jaws of life."
The cars are donated by towing and junk yard companies around town… then they are placed in different "accident" scenarios.
One lieutenant said they can only practice when cars are available every other month… but the wait is worth it.
"You can never get enough practice! At three o'clock in the morning when you have people critically injured in an accident is not the time to practice. It's not when you work on your drills, that's not when you try this tool or this technique. So you can never, ever get enough practice… that's why we're out here today, we're trying to utilize as much of the equipment as we can," said Lieutenant Pat West.
The training classes provide firefighters the knowledge they need to safely remove passengers out of a vehicle when accidents happen.
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