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Winslow Fire Department puts on emergency response training at Tri-R impound yard
Northern Arizona fire departments and EMT units get hands on training with Jaws of Life Oct. 5

Two Joseph City Emergency Responders cut into an auto windshield pillar during an Oct. 5 Winslow emergency response training. Photo/Todd Roth

Two Joseph City Emergency Responders cut into an auto windshield pillar during an Oct. 5 Winslow emergency response training. Photo/Todd Roth

WINSLOW, Ariz. - Winslow's Fire Department put on an all-day rescue class on Saturday Oct. 5.

The seminar was a hands-on vehicle crash rescue training event at Tri-R's impound yard. A number of EMT units and fire departments from northern Arizona participated.

Rescue specialists L.N. Curtis and Sons Co. provided the training that included classroom instruction and rescue equipment field use. The first part was classroom instruction on various vehicle details and how to work around difficult field situations. Instruction included how to shut off the engine of a large diesel semi tractor because it has no ignition switch or key.

After 10 a.m. the class moved out of the classroom and in to the Tri-R impound yard, where participants proceeded to slice and dice cars and trucks. The Winslow Fire Department, L.N. Curtis and Tri-R set up simulations of crashes. One was a "slide under" where a car gets stuck under a semi-trailer.

Other situations involved semi tractors crashed into each other and a semi tractor flipped on its side. These were realistic situations with full-sized vehicles. The only thing missing was human victims.

Participants worked with the Jaws of Life tools to cut through cars and trucks. The tool helps emergency responders reach trapped crash victims. Emergency personnel who received training at this event will be able to better serve future crash victims in northern Arizona.

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