MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – Maaco of Myrtle Beach and the National Auto Body Council hosted a free event on Friday for first responders around the area. It was called F.R.E.E., which stands for First Responder Emergency Extrication.
The purpose of the event was to increase public safety by ensuring that when first responders arrive to car accidents they are fully equipped with the skills and knowledge to properly extract passengers from vehicles.
Joe Johnson, Owner of Maaco Franchise in Myrtle Beach says, "Firefighters that may have to cut you out of a car crash need to understand and know what's going on behind the scenes of a car."
First responders had a hands on experience with three totaled cars on-site, where they were able to use new equipment and perform an extrication. As the auto industry progresses, and technology advances, new tools are being made for first responders to use.
"We are always trying to keep up with our skills, stay on the cutting edge, because it keeps changing every day. The better we can keep our knowledge up, the better we can respond to the public," says James Clement Captain of the Myrtle Beach Fire Department.
First responders say classes like this give them the proper skills and knowledge to continue to save as many lives as possible.