Hilliard, Ohio — In crashes where minutes can spell the difference between life and death, first responders to the accident scene need up-to-date information so they can act quickly and safely! Knowing specifically where and how to efficiently cut and extricate can make the difference in saving precious minutes and lives as well as the safety of the first responders.
Keeping first responders up to date on the latest new technology in vehicles is a challenge for every local fire department. The National Auto Body Council® F.R.E.E.™ program keeps first responders abreast of the rapid changes in vehicle design. High-strength steel, airbags, advanced restraint systems, onboard technology and safety around alternative fuel vehicles are all covered in the program.
CRASH CHAMPIONS Collison Repair at 3930 Ridge Mill Drive, Hilliard Ohio will host first responders from the Hilliard area at a special NABC F.R.E.E.™ education and guidance program on October 14, 2020, to help ensure Ohio drivers have the best-prepared response in case of an accident.
WHO: NABC F.R.E.E.™ program, Hilliard, Columbus and surrounding communities local fire departments, along with Allstate and Genesis Rescue Systems.
WHAT: The NABC F.R.E.E.™ program provides advanced education and guidance to help first responders practice cutting techniques on advanced vehicles, addressing high-strength steel and composite materials, multiple airbags, onboard technology, and changing vehicle design. The vehicles for the program were donated by Allstate and Genesis Rescue Systems provides the classroom education and extrication demonstration.
The growing popularity of high-voltage hybrid and electric vehicles and the many safety concerns surrounding these vehicles makes this program a necessity. Alternative fuel systems present different challenges when first responders arrive at the scene of an accident. Electric cars, hybrid cars, and natural gas vehicles have fuel systems that pose dangers for first responders if the need arises to “cut” the vehicle for rescue.