The following is a press release from MassBay Community College submitted to SOURCE media
ASHLAND – MassBay Community College and the Ashland Fire Department will hold a mock rescue and training event for Ashland firefighters and MassBay Automotive Technology students on Monday, October 18, at 9 a.m. at the MassBay Automotive Technology Center. This exercise will include a staged car accident scene, with the Ashland Fire Department demonstrating how the Jaws of Life tool is used to extract victims from vehicles during emergencies.
MassBay Health Sciences mannequins will serve as the victims in this training.
This event is part of MassBay’s automotive technology curriculum and serves to expand students’ knowledge of the safety aspects of car design and maintenance.
Students will see firsthand how and why firefighters cut into a vehicle with the Jaws of Life at specific points and will learn how airbag deployment can affect how first responders’ conduct rescues.
In addition to providing MassBay Automotive Technology students with a deeper understanding of vehicle safety, this drill is an opportunity for the Ashland Fire Department to train their staff on emergency equipment, without having to respond to an actual emergency.
The vehicle being used in the demonstration is a Dodge Dart, which has been used previously as an educational tool for MassBay students studying in the Chrysler program and was provided to MassBay by the MOPAR CAP program. This car will be returned to the MOPAR CAP program following this exercise.
If it rains on Monday morning, it will be rescheduled to Tuesday.