Last month, the teams at our Springfield Assembly Plant and Truck Specialty Center hosted more than 40 firefighters from eight local fire departments in Clark County, Ohio for truck extrication rescue training. The training took place in the Truck Specialty Center and two ProStars were donated by Navistar for the training.
Navistar has donated trucks for similar trainings near our Melrose Park facility, but this was the first time it was done in Springfield.
“I’m a former firefighter, so when I saw the article about the Melrose Park extrication training, I thought we have two engineering trucks that have been sitting here in Springfield that we should be using for a similar cause – otherwise they will get scrapped,” said Rusty Sindle, senior security consultant, Global Security.
“Working in the fire service, we simply do not get the opportunity to train on trucks due to the vehicle expense,” he added. “It’s really common to get cars because tow companies will donate them, but trucks are rare.”
Rusty explained that for all the firefighters in attendance this was the first time they were able to work on a truck. They also had 12 cars at the training that were donated by a local towing and recovery company. The company donated services to move and haul directly to a shredder afterwards as well.
During the 12-hour training, the firefighters learned several extrication techniques such as how to pop doors, roll dashes, lifting and stabilization and penetrating cabs to access passengers. The tools used for training were the exact tools that are available in an emergency response situation including bars, saws, rams, cutters, spreaders, chisels and heavy hydraulics. They used the newest battery-operated extrication tools at the training, which were loaned out by the top three tool manufacturers. In addition, two specialized extrication instructors were in attendance to lead the class and make sure the firefighters got the most out of the opportunity.
“Manufacturing in the Springfield area is growing. The area is seeing an increase in truck traffic, thus increasing the potential of an emergency situation involving a truck,” said Rusty. “This training opportunity really showed the company’s support to the community and our community emergency resources.”