Suffield Fire Department Hosts Drill

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Photo by Jennifer Tilsch-Nardi

This “victim” is trapped under an excavator.

On Saturday, March 20, The Suffield Fire Department hosted a specialized stabilization and extrication drill, instructed by members of Connecticut Custom Fire Training team at the Highway Garage on Fyler Place. Firefighters from Suffield, Warehouse Point, Windsor Locks, and CT Air National Guard gathered to train and learn how to stabilize and safely remove victims from these unique and difficult scenarios.

Firefighters were presented with situations such as a car pinned underneath a tractor trailer, a person stuck under an excavator, heavy objects crushing vehicle passenger compartments, and unique and heavy vehicle impacts that make rescue and extrication difficult. Firefighters are taught and trained to think outside of the box and examine all the challenges that these unique rescue situations present while maintaining the safety of all first responders at an emergency incident.

The Suffield Fire Department wishes to thank the following organizations for their assistance to make this day possible: Flemings Trucking, Moosehead LLC, Robert Reed, Doane’s Accent Auto, Bills Landscaping, Bosco’s Towing, Suffield Department of Public Works and Jimmy Richardson (JR) for all of his assistance moving and positioning vehicles and obstacles all day long. 

This inattentive driver drove right under a truck trailer. Photo by Jennifer Tilsch-Nardi
Rescuers use hydraulic jacks to push a big tree trunk off a car. Photo by Jennifer Tilsch-Nardi

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