Nov. 13, 2007
SEVEN FIRE DEPARTMENT’S PARTICIPATE IN TRAINING
ST. JAMES—Hybrid fuel cars and those with side curtain airbags present special safety issues for firefighters when these vehicles are involved in accidents, especially when extrication is needed. Firefighters from seven fire departments recently attended a training session on dealing with hybrid fuel cars.
The training was hosted by Meramec Regional Emergency Planning Committee and Meramec Regional Planning Commission. Sullivan Deputy Fire Chief Larry Flesher instructed first responders on safe techniques for responding to accidents involving high-tech vehicle.
Those attending the Oct. 25 training at MRPC were:
The Meramec Regional Emergency Planning Committee works with local governments as well as the private sector to maintain plans responsive to chemical hazards, which seriously threaten the area. Kraig Bone of Washington County chairs the group. The committee periodically coordinates and offers training opportunities for emergency responders in the region. Quarterly meetings are open to the public. Meramec Regional Planning Commission, a voluntary council of local governments serving the eight-county Meramec Region, provides staff support for the local emergency planning committee.