The Five Star Extrication Training Academy jointly sponsored by Champion Rescue Tools and Volvo Cars of North America is issuing a free new vehicle technology (NVT) extrication training DVD for firefighters.
The DVD features the latest new vehicle construction, exotic materials, updated extrication techniques and the most advanced hydraulic rescue tools, according to Champion. Since the academy opened, the company said, thousands of firefighter training officers and their departments have been trained to speed extrication of victims of serious accidents involving the safest, 5-star crash-rated vehicles.
The DVD was introduced and handed out free to qualified firefighters at the Fire-Rescue International conference in Dallas, Texas, in late August.
“Our mission is to save lives,” said Champion CEO Alan Discount, “and the huge interest in our free training academy made us realize the best way to train more firefighters in the best techniques and tools to get victims out of 5-star crash-rated automobiles was to make our training academy classes available at no cost on DVD.”
Every day accident victims wait while many fire departments use obsolete tools to cut through the tougher metals used in new vehicle technology construction, said Carl Haddon, Champion’s National Training Director. “This waiting time is crucial in the golden hour firefighters have to extricate injured accident victims and get them to needed medical treatment,” he said. “Our hope is that the new information provided in our academy classes and this DVD will help firefighters work more effectively and safely.”
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