The three day educational event allowed new members of fire crews from all over the Stateline to learn vehicle extrication. Today, participants used hand and hydraulic tools to take part in the extrication challenge. Teams consisting of one captain and four or five squad members went up against each other. Teachers from around the country flew in to help teach the workshop.
Harlem-Roscoe Fire Department's Bill Puckeet explains "what we teach is the basic stuff. How to crib the car, how to stabilize it so it doesn't move where we can cut and break glass. Things like that to get to our patients safely."
One of the lessons stressed is the proper way to use tools without injury to the patient. Organizers say the event is a way to teach young firefighters how to better themselves and improve safety.