Firefighters Hone Vehicle Rescue Skills

9:12 AM, Apr 7, 2013   |    comments
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Firefighters from all over Georgia responded to a 25 vehicle car crash in Jones County.

It was all a part of the 3rd annual Vehicle Rescue Training.

Peacock's Auto Salvage off Hwy 49 turned into a training center.

"Some of the things we are seeing here today, cars up under tractor trailer trucks. We've got to be able to get them out. We don't have a lot of room to work so there's a lot of good stuff here today," says Gary Harrell, a Jones County volunteer firefighter for 16 years.

About 150 firefighters from all over Georgia came to Jones County to pick up a few life-saving skills. 

"Accidents are an everyday occurrence here in Jones County and Macon. Vehicles and people are entrapped, and we have to get them out," he says.

From bus crashes to overturned cars, 50 instructors introduce different scenarios.

"I came out here to help people. I enjoy this kind of stuff. I enjoy showing and teaching things I've learned in the past," says Dana Venable, a Monroe County volunteer firefighter who has been a training instructor every year.

"They come out on their own time, they don't get paid for anything like this. We're doing this just to make sure that hopefully they are trained," adds R.I.G.H.T training and consulting vice president Stephanie Mercer.

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