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How Firefighters Rescue You From A Car Accident

Posted: Updated: Jun 08, 2014 11:12 PM
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A school bus collides with a car or a building collapses...firefighters from across the region training with these scenarios and learning new techniques that could one day save your life.

"In this scenario we have a car that's under the back of a school bus and because of the height differentials the car will go virtually all the way underneath," said rescue consultant for Holmatro Rescue Ian Dunbar. "That makes the rescue process very, very difficult."

Firefighters from across the Midwest came to train in Davenport, learning new techniques they say will help them save more lives, faster and easier.

Today in one of the scenarios, they lifted a bus and used a chain and pulley to pull the car out, to allow more access to the victim. Then firefighters used a tool called a hydraulic cutter which cuts open the car.

"What we did 26 years ago to what we're doing now is really a lot of different techniques," said Capt. Brian Hall from the Cedar Rapids Fire Department. "Cars are built different. Learned a lot today about just how different metals are put in different parts of the vehicles, stuff like that has been really invaluable."

Rescuers went through 24 vehicles, tearing the roof of this car in a scenario where someone may have driven off a cliff and rolled over.

"We have to create as much space as possible to extricate the casualty," said Dunbar. "If we make just a small space, we're going to compromise the rescuer themselves and the casualty by trying to get through a tiny hole."

And rescuers must stay up to date on the latest procedures.

"The main focus for the whole day really, is the use of the tools, but also the patient," said Dunbar. "So it's technical and medical combined together."

Like learning about crush injuries... rescuers need to know how to get the person out, but also be aware if they lift the concrete off too quickly could be deadly.

"This is something up and above with a little more technique and a little more finesse and little more advanced type tactics for that what-if scenario," said instructor at the Midwest Center for Public Safety Training Jason Verschoore.

Reps at the MCPST said this is the first time they've hosted this event and they hope to do so again next year.

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