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Monday, June 9, 2008

VT Tow Drivers Learn With the E-X Team

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A number of county fire departments, Rescue Inc., and local towing companies sent employees to a training this weekend to learn a new technique to use tow trucks for large vehicle extrications.

Instructors say this will cut down significantly on the amount of time it takes to get a trapped person out of a car.

The two days with the E-X Team, an outfit from Florida, is meant to show local firefighters what they don't know. The next step will be for the departments to apply for grants to fund the full five-day course, which costs roughly $25,000 to $30,000.

The course is something Chief and Director Keith Tomey said they hope to bring all over the country. The initial sample this past weekend was "just the tip of the iceberg," he said.

Tomey helped to start the trainings in Florida about eight years ago after the long-time firefighter saw what kinds of equipment and capabilities tow truck drivers have.

Read the full story here.

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