Glaser’s Collision Centers, Nationwide Insurance and Genesis Rescue Systems hosted first responders at our Bullitt County shop to education them on how to extricate people from today’s advanced vehicles. Five different fire departments participated in the hands-on demonstration of the latest techniques in emergency vehicle extrication, preparing them to provide the best response for car accident victims.

Today’s vehicles are equipped with numerous airbags, advanced technology and innovative safety systems that keep drivers safer in case of an accident. But these same safety advantages make it harder for first responders to rescue those drivers and passengers. Add to that the potential challenge presented by electric and hybrid engines, and first responders need a whole new arsenal of rescue tools and procedures.

“The information and hands-on training provided to us was extremely important to help us save lives when we are challenged in real life extrication,” stated Captain Nick Dachille, Zoneton Fire Protection District. “We wish to thank Glaser’s Collision Center and High-Tech Rescue for hosting this valuable training.”

The event was made possible through the National Auto Body Council® First Responder Emergency Education (F.R.E.E.™) program. The program helps prepare local first responder teams to rescue accident victims from these late-model vehicles. The program provides education and live demonstrations on working with high-strength steel, airbags, advanced restraint systems, onboard technology, and safety around alternative fuel vehicles. Since it was founded, it has provided education for more than 5,000 first responders.

“Hosting this event to help first responders better their skills to extricate people in a car accident was an easy decision”, stated Aaron Glaser, Glaser’s Collision Centers owner, “Timing is critical and our first responders need to have the best training and be ready when that time comes.”

Nationwide provided the vehicles, and Genesis Rescue Systems and High-Tech Rescue supplied the classroom education and extrication demonstration. We would also like to thank Troy’s Wrecker Company for providing one of the vehicles and move these non-driving vehicles; and Enterprise for providing an electric vehicle for the event.