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Rhinelander Fire Department trains new firefighters to extricate motorists from car wrecks Submitted: 06/30/2015

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RHINELANDER - The newest members of the Rhinelander Fire Department will spend part of the next few weeks training, practicing some of their most important safety techniques.

Tuesday, that practice included tearing open a Chevy Prizm.


"It is very important," Rhinelander Fire Department Deputy Chief Dan Bauer said of the training. "Like I said, the quicker we can get the patient out of there, the quicker medical staff can take care of them and get them to the hospital, and get them to the appropriate facility. The quicker they can, the better chance of survival."

Firefighters use incredibly strong tools to spread, cut, and tear pieces of a vehicle. Tuesday's practice session let firefighters perfect all of their techniques.

"There are all different types of equipment lying out here just in case one technique doesn't work, so we can switch to different," Bauer said.

Those techniques could come in handy soon. The summer months bring more tourists to the roads, which means more chances for crashes.

Firefighters caution that you should try to stay awake and stay calm if you get in a crash.

"We'll tell you what we're going to do, and try to not move because if you have a neck injury or that you don't want to be moving around," Bauer said. "Just sit still and let us get the vehicle open, and let us get in there and extricate you."

The training will help keep people safe, but it also helps department leaders build a team.

"I like to see their progress and see them actually learning and becoming more proficient at each step that they take," Bauer said.

This is the first week of training for the newest firefighters. They're already working on the clock, but they'll keep training over the next few weeks.




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