Huron Township firefighters train vehicle extrication

A delicate approach is needed during extrication to minimize injury to the victim. Huron firefighters trained in these methods on Feb. 27. (Photos courtesy Huron Township Department of Public Safety)


By Scott Bolthouse | The Huron Hub
ScottBolthouse@HuronHub.com

Published Friday, March 6, 2020

The Huron Township Fire Department conducted vehicle extrication training on Feb. 27.

Vehicle extrication is the process of removing a vehicle from around a person who has been involved in a motor vehicle collision, when conventional means of exit are not possible.

A delicate approach is needed to minimize injury to the victim during the extrication.

“This training opportunity gave our staff the ability to familiarize themselves with the newer tools in a practical manner. They also were fortunate to train in a low stress environment, which allowed them the opportunity to try different techniques. Our goal was to make sure that the first time our firefighters use this equipment was not when time is critical for a resident following a serious vehicle crash,” said Everette Robbins, director of public safety.

Vehicles donated by J&M Towing and Lyons Towing were used to provide firefighters with hands-on training.

“These kind of training opportunities do not come around very often and it was great to see so many of our guys go above and beyond and brave the cold windy evening to do this. I am proud to be a part of this great team that takes so much pride in protecting and serving our residents,” said Fire Chief Jamie Hinojosa.

During the training in the cold weather, Firefighter Deb Bowman provided fresh, warm, homemade cookies, hot coffee and hot coco to keep the team warm.

“Our firefighters braved the frigid weather making sure they were ready when needed. The teamwork displayed was terrific and they enjoyed learning together. The dedication of this group is incredible,” said Fire Deputy Chief Bill Metzger.


 

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