More than 30 first responders from fire departments in St. Louis and surrounding areas gathered on May 23 for a hands-on demonstration of the latest techniques for extricating emergency vehicles using the National Automobile Bodywork Council (NABC) First Responder Emergency Extrication Program (FREE), Miner Towing, Farmers Insurance and SENTINEL/HURST Jaws of Life Emergency Solutions.
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When St. Louis drivers have an accident, they rely on community first responders to help get them to safety. And when they’re driving a newer vehicle with lots of airbags, advanced technology, or electric/hybrid motors, rescue can be more difficult.
To provide first responders with additional information about electric vehicles, Tesla’s Mike McConnell provided technical information about Tesla vehicles via a remote broadcast to the class segment of the NABC FREE program.
The NABC FREE program helps first responders stay abreast of rapid changes in vehicle design, including high-strength steel, airbags, advanced restraint systems, and in-vehicle technology. Alternative fuel systems found in electric and hybrid vehicles present new challenges for first responders at the scene of an accident.
Farmers Insurance provided the vehicles, and SENTINEL Emergency Solutions/HURST Jaws of Life provided the classroom education and extrication demonstration.