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First Responders Demonstrate Extraction at NACE

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Aug. 19, 2016—During the 2016 NACE/CARS Expo & Conference in Anaheim, Calif., first responders cut up four vehicles in front of an audience to demonstrate life-saving auto extraction techniques. 

The drills were part of the National Auto Body Council’s (NABC) First Responder Emergency Extrication (FREE) program, along with support from State Farm, which provided the vehicles. 

“Understanding the latest technologies helps first responders perform their duties safely. State Farm’s efforts to build safer, stronger and better educated communities aligns well with the goals of the program,” said Elizabeth Clark, Property & Casualty Claims program manager at State Farm and a vice chair of the NABC.

“With advancements in vehicle technology, including high strength steels, sophisticated electronics and multiple airbag systems, knowing where and how to efficiently cut and extricate can make the difference in saving lives,” said Anaheim Fire & Rescue Deputy Chief Jeff Alario. “Today’s vehicles make it safer for passengers but first responders often face challenges preventing further injuries to accident victims or themselves due to the complexities of new technology.”

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