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Tuck’s Collision hosts auto extrication training

By MELINDA WILLIAMS

melinda@southwesttimes.com

Almost three-dozen Pulaski County firefighters came out to Tuck’s Collision in Pulaski Tuesday evening to get some hands-on training in extricating patients from crashed vehicles.

National Auto Body Council offers the F.R.E.E. (First Responder Excavation Event) training, which was hosted by Tuck’s. After enjoying a light dinner and receiving classroom instruction, the firefighters were able to practice using extrication tools such as the Jaws of Life.

Crashed vehicles, donated for the training by State Farm Insurance, allowed firefighters to hone their skills at breaking out auto windows, disabling airbags that aren’t deployed and cutting through frames to remove doors, roofs and other parts of a car.

Tuesday’s training was particularly geared toward teaching the firefighters how to safely extricate patients from new electric vehicles. Two of the four vehicles donated for the training were electric.

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