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Fire departments practice extrications

10/17/2013 - South Side Leader
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By Maria Lindsay

COVENTRY — Coventry Fire Department hosted a two-day training session Oct. 8-9 at the Tadmor Shrine Center on Krebs Drive using new extrication equipment purchased with an Assistance to Firefighters grant.

Coventry Fire Department had 17 participants, Green Fire had four and New Franklin Fire had two. The training offered an opportunity to practice with vehicle stabilization equipment and hydraulic cutters that can cut through a new vehicle’s high-strength steel, according to Coventry Fire Capt. Adam Rockich. He added the group ran through various scenarios on getting victims out of vehicles. Shown at right is one practice using stabilization equipment to keep a vehicle from overturning.

Miller’s Towing provided 10 vehicles for the training, including a converted school bus and a semi-cab with a trailer attached, according to Rockich.

The company also brought its low-pressure air bag system, shown above to demonstrate how it can quickly upright large vehicles.

The Coventry Road Department also took part in the sessions to practice how to use its new grapple attachment for its Gradall, which they purchased with a safety grant, according to Rockich. The equipment can grab cars and fallen trees. The Gradall and grabber arm is pictured below.

— By Maria Lindsay

 

Photos courtesy of Coventry Fire Department
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