Local emergency teams train for worst case scenarios
Emergency responders are often called to car accidents that are so violent that the driver and passengers are unable to get out of the car. In this event, emergency responders have to use specialized equipment to cut their way into the car to rescue people stuck inside. Osceola Fire and Allied Emergency Services practiced that life-saving measure Oct. 14 during their training.
“Twice a year we have extrication training where we actually bring in cars and we practice popping doors open, cutting out windshields and getting people out of their cars after an accident,” says Osceola Fire Chief Don Stark. “This was probably the best one we’ve done so far.”
Partnering with Allied Emergency Services is what made this year’s exercise the best so far according to Stark. “We brought in Allied to work with us because we’re so close that if a big accident were to happen we’d probably be working together,” he said. “So, we used each other’s tools and used each other for ideas.”
Some of those ideas translated into specific practices that were set up in different cars all of which were provided by Osceola Towing. Each situation was presented with its own unique challenges that both Allied Emergency and Osceola Fire crew would work together to solve.
“We had one car set up where it was strictly hand tools – you couldn’t use any hydraulics,” says Stark. “Then we had another with a ‘patient’ in the car and we worked on removing the roof, rolling the dash out of the way to get them out of the car. Every car accident is different, so we had several different scenarios.”
The intention of these exercises is to ensure the safety of people on the road who get in car accidents that require extrication. For any new members of Osceola fire or Allied Emergency Services, the training is an introduction in how to save a life, but long term crew members learn something at every event too.
“I actually learned something new myself, and I’ve been on for 38 years,” said Stark. “That’s what it’s all about. It’s about keeping people fresh in their minds of what you need to do. We do it so that we don’t have to think about it – we just know what we’re doing when we’re responding to the call.”