Firefighters learn new extrication methods

Photo provided by James LeBlanc -- St. Amant Volunteer Fire Department Sgt. Adam Gautreaux, left, instructs rookie firefighters Taylor Savoy and Robbie Villenurve in the proper way to use extrication tools during a recent fire training session. Show caption
Photo provided by James LeBlanc -- St. Amant Volunteer Fire Department Sgt. Adam Gautreaux, left, instructs rookie firefighters Taylor Savoy and Robbie Villenurve in the proper way to use extrication tools during a recent fire training session.

Eleven volunteer firefighters from the St. Amant community spent eight hours Saturday learning about vehicle extrication.

The course was designed to provide St. Amant Volunteer firefighters with a better understanding of the current techniques available for the swift extrication of victims from a variety of vehicle entrapments, Chief Officer James E. LeBlanc said.

The eight-hour course, held at the St. Amant station, provided firefighters with hands-on experience in the procedures and systems used during an automobile extrication, he said.

Firefighters learned about auto extrication, the types of hand and power tools, removing windows, opening doors, removing roofs, pulling steering wheels, moving foot pedals, raising dashboards, pulling seats and stabilization of vehicles, and simulated rescues of trapped victims.

Attending the course were LeBlanc; Chief of Training Shane Stuntz; Fire Line Officers Shane Rojas and Adam Gautreaux; and firefighters Stacey Denham, Gary Germany, John Jordan, Derek Palermo, Greg Swanson, Robbie Villenurve and Taylor Savoy.