FAIRBORN, Ohio(WDTN)- Every second counts when someone in trapped in a vehicle. It’s why training first responders properly is crucial.
A two day extrication training was held on Saturday. More than 200 firefighters from across the company, plus a team from Germany, got hand on training at the Crash Course Village in Fairborn.
“You can always practice some extrication in your own city but what you can’t do is what were doing here,” Phil Sinewe, a Crash Course Village staff member, said.
At the weekend training, firefighters learned to stabilize vehicles, cut doors open and minimize hazards to themselves. By the end of training, they’ll cut through 120 wrecked cars. It’s the program’s 30th year bringing students and professional trainers from across the country and even abroad.
“It’s certainly one of the best extrication classes in the country, bar none. Nobody does it better,” Sinewe said.
While the mission is the same, the materials vehicles are made of today are changing strategies and tools used.
“The tools we used five years ago wont cut them today. They just won’t even cut the material so the challenges of new vehicles are certainly a lot of what they look at,” Sinewe said.
Firefighters get hands on experience with a variety of scenarios. The hope is that they take what they learn and pass it on to their fellow firefighters back home and help their own communities.
“We have no doubt that we save lives in the process,” Sinewe said.