First Responders Learn New Car Training

1 decade 1 year 3 months ago Wednesday, February 28 2007 Feb 28, 2007 Wednesday, February 28, 2007 6:39:42 PM CST February 28, 2007 in News

Normally, the Knights of Columbus is reserved for bingo.

But more than 130 first responders filled the room with for a different reason- safety.

National safety expert Dave Long taught first responders how to respond to accidents involving advanced airbag systems or hybrid batteries.

"The average EMT or First Responder anywhere in the United States or here in Missouri doesn't get this new car training," Long said. "So we're trying to keep them ahead of the curve."

Most older cars come with two airbags, one in the steering wheel and one in the dashboard, but first responders need to be aware of new technology, like side airbags.

"It's really hard to stay current with the new technology not just in vehicles but in firefighting in general without taking classes like this, it's nearly impossible," Ron Macintyre with the Jefferson City Fire Department said.

Those in attendance at the class took home a clear message that applies to everyone.

"Be careful around the vehicle," Macintyre said. "With the advanced airbags and the hybrid cars now, you can never be too careful."

A message they'll put to work across mid-Missouri.

The seminar was sponsored by MoDOT's Coalition for Roadway Safety and is one of several across the state.

Safety Tips from "The Airbag Detective"

Drivers Side:

Always wear your seat belt snug across your hips and shoulder strap between your neck and shoulder tip.

Hold the steering wheel at 9:00 and 3:00 or 8:00 and 4:00 (NOT 10:00 and 2:00)

Sit back at least 10" away from the steering wheel

Passenger Side:

Always wear your seat belt with seat back as far as possible.

NEVER use a rear facing child seat in front and children age 12 or under should ride in back (or 5 feet tall and 100 lbs)

Do not brace yourself on the dash or raise your hands in the event of a collision.

Do not mount anything on the dashboard and avoid leaning on the dash cover.

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