ASHLAND – Automotive students from MassBay Community College watched as Ashland Firefighters used the “Jaws of Life” on a Chrysler vehicle to rescue two “dummies” Monday morning at the college’s campus in Ashland.
The college has held multiple mock rescue events for its health students on the Framingham campus, but this was the first time a mock rescue and training was held for the automotive students.
Massbay professor Scott Fitzgerald organized the teaching experience.
The Ashland Fire Department staged the car accident scene and then demonstrating how the Jaws of Life tool is used to extract victims from vehicles during emergencies. MassBay Health Sciences mannequins served as the victims in this training.
The goal was to expand students’ knowledge of the safety aspects of car design and maintenance.
MassBay Automotive Technology students left the event with a deeper understanding of vehicle safety.
The event was also an opportunity for the Ashland Fire Department to train their staff on emergency equipment, without having to respond to an actual emergency.
The vehicle used in the demonstration was 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.
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