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Seeley Lake Fire Department demonstrate new vehicle extraction tools


Brian Page

The Seeley Lake Fire Department demonstrated how extraction tools can cut through the frame of a vehicle to save a person trapped inside.

On Saturday, May 6, the Seeley Lake Fire Department conducted a training exercise for extracting persons trapped in a vehicle after a crash.

Firefighters practiced techniques for quickly gaining access to damaged vehicles and safely removing anyone trapped inside. They were training with both old and new equipment such as a "jaws-of-life" which are designed to cut through the metal frame of a car when a person is unable to exit because of damage.

The newer equipment, which is said to be "five-times as powerful as the old equipment," can cut through the stronger materials used in newer vehic...

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