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Volunteer firefighters earn certification in vehicular extrication

William Wrecker hosted the 2nd Annual Deep East Texas Vehicle Extrication Training. William Wrecker hosted the 2nd Annual Deep East Texas Vehicle Extrication Training.
VFD members trained at four different scenarios. VFD members trained at four different scenarios.
Certified instructors were on hand to train the firefighters. Certified instructors were on hand to train the firefighters.
Firefighters who completed training earned extrication certification. Firefighters who completed training earned extrication certification.
LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) -

    Eight volunteer fire departments from across East Texas are better equipped to handle a vehicular extrication.  This weekend, the departments took part in the 2nd Annual Deep East Texas Extrication Class.

    For two days, firefighters headed to Williams wrecker yard in Lufkin to rip into vehicles put into crash scenarios.

    Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service and R&J Rescue Trainers oversaw the four sessions dealing with safely rescuing people involved in car accidents.

"There's a lot of different scenarios that can happen," said Gary Mathison of Apple Springs Volunteer Fire Department.  And we need to try to get our firefighters trained up to handle those scenarios, when somebody's life is in jeopardy or they need to be extricated from a vehicle."

    Mathison said only firefighters are equipped to handle vehicle extrication, not law enforcement--which is why training is important.the firefighters trained at four stations, and then rotated. Each stop had a different accident scenario.

    Ora Fire and EMS, Central, Moffett, Etoile, Orange, and Kennard-Ratcliff had members being trained.

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