Firefighters Train On The Jaws of Life

Most know the plier-like devices as the jaws of life, but to these fire fighters they're tools called cutters and spreaders.

Tuesday evening firefighters from across the Metro took a four hour class with experts on using the tools.

Omaha fire Captain Tim Jackson said the practice goes a long way.

"Some of it comes from experience but technology is changing all of the time and so then you are going to run into things that are going to be new that you don't normally have," said Cpt. Tim Jackson.

Along with clipping cars apart, the firefighters also got an up close look at an airbag detonation.

Jackson said after 16 years on the job, one thing is for sure: every accident is different and every car is different.

"A lot of the new cars that are out there today, they have airbags that are all over inside of the car. They have high strength steel on a lot of the posts that we are going to cut," said Jackson.

Crews also got a chance to look at new electric and hybrid vehicles. Fire fighters said these cars present a whole different set of safety issues when it comes to cutting them up.

The event is called First Responder Emergency Extrication program and it is put on every year by CarStar Autobody.

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