Cherokee County Fire
& Emergency Services

Recruits Learn About Vehicle Extrication

August 29, 2019

Cherokee County Fire Recruits have been going through a 3-day class on vehicle extrication at the fire training center this week.

Vehicle extrication is the process of removing a vehicle from around a person who has been involved in a motor vehicle collision, when conventional means of exit are impossible or inadvisable. A delicate approach is needed to minimize injury to the victim during the process.

Lt. Kevin Davis has been the lead advisor for the training and stated that the class started on Monday of this week and concluded on yesterday afternoon.  “We talk about vehicle construction by going over how they were built and how different they are by showing them the differences between cars, passenger vans, SUVs and even eighteen wheelers.  We also go over the different types of metals and how to stabilize a vehicle at the accident scene,” added Davis.

The recruits started each day in the classroom before going out later in the afternoon to do hands-on training.  On Wednesday, the recruits used hydraulic tools like the jaws-of-life to cut the vehicles apart.  “The students will take all these pieces that they have learned about extrication to do their final scenario later today,” he added.

Cherokee County Fire & Emergency Services knows that trained and skilled personnel are the best asset to have in any type of emergency situation.

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Recruits learn how to use hydaulic tools for vehicle extrication.
Recruits learn how to use hydaulic tools for vehicle extrication. (click image for slideshow)
The recruits were exposed to several different scenarios at an accident scene.
The recruits were exposed to several different scenarios at an accident scene.
The recruits went through several hours of classroom training.
The recruits went through several hours of classroom training.
The recruits learn how to stabilize a car.
The recruits learn how to stabilize a car.
The recruits use a cutter to remove a door.
The recruits use a cutter to remove a door.