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New Hope Firefighters take the weekend as an opportunity for training

One of the most important aspects of any job is proper training, and for fire and rescue teams and other first responders any extra ounce of experience they can gain through training is invaluable when it comes to needing those skills in the event of an actual emergency.

Local firefighters with the New Hope Volunteer Fire Department took time over this beautiful holiday weekend to do just that…get some extra training that could prove to be very helpful if the need arises.

Firefighters and rescuers spent their Saturday honing their skills at cutting tops, doors, and other parts off cars to practice gaining access to trapped motorists or passengers in the event of an accident that might call for the use of their “Jaws of Life” or other tools to gain entry to a wrecked vehicle.

Local company, Precision Towing & Recovery, donated several damaged, wrecked, or otherwise unrepairable vehicles and hauled them to a training area for the department to use for this exercise.

In addition to New Hope, firefighters from four other local departments joined them for the training including South Pittsburg, Kimball, Jasper and Whitwell.

Mitchel Shell, a representative with the family owned and operated towing company, said, “it’s just our way of doing our part to support the community.”

See photos of the training below..

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