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Safety workers trained in crash-victim extrication

Workers from several public safety agencies recently completed a Georgia Emergency Management Agency Crash Victim Extrication Course at Thomson Fire Rescue's headquarters station on Main Street.

The 16-hour emergency rescue course is designed to train students in the quickest methods of freeing people from wrecked vehicles in life-threatening situations.

They were taught the use of hand and power tools, along with points of vulnerability in vehicles.

The training that the public safety workers received could mean the difference between life and death for motorists in the community.

Lt. Scott Whittle, of the Thomson Police Department, attended, as did paramedic Rhonda Radford and EMT-I Ann Cross from the McDuffie County Emergency Medical Service.

From Thomson Fire Rescue were Fire Chief Rick Sewell, Deputy Fire Chief Johnny Crawley, Capt. Raymond Brinkley, Lts. Bryan Rogers, Chris Reynolds, Dwayne Sewell and Chip Bentley, along with firefighters Ed Richardson, Scott Cook, William Sheppard, Marc Kamerad, Ron Cody, Adam Clark, Antrone Brewer, Matthew Johnson, Matthew Owens, John Thigpen and Eddie Gerkitz.

The raining enhances lifesaving techniques and skills that can be used in natural or man-made disasters and emergency situations.

These workers have learned skills that might contribute to making the community a safer place to work and live in.

Web posted on Thursday, January 14, 2010

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