Jerr-Dan First Responder Class and Emergency Recovery Demonstration wows attendees at Tow Expo International
Published on 15 July 2010
Towing sessions examined a host of subjects, including rigging, attachments, understanding and overcoming resistance and weight estimations.
Jerr-Dan Corporation, an Oshkosh Corporation company and a leading manufacturer of towing and recovery equipment, provided professional tow truck operators with two educational opportunities during the recent Tow Expo International, held Apr. 20-May 1 at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, Texas.
An advanced cross training course designed for professional first responders from fire, rescue and tow services offered eight hours of classroom instruction and eight hours of hands-on field training. Course attendees also participated in a two-hour mock emergency recovery demonstration that was open to all expo attendees.
Industry experts in towing, firefighting and law enforcement served as instructors for the classroom sessions that covered towing and firefighter disciplines. Towing sessions examined a host of subjects, including rigging, attachments, understanding and overcoming resistance and weight estimations. A second four-hour session focused on firefighter discipline, including first responder tact and incident command. In the hands-on field training, students gained experience in rigging, securing attachments, hydraulic tool usage and the latest techniques of cutting and dash rolling.
The Jerr-Dan-sponsored mock emergency demonstration concluded the course, serving as a final exam for course participants while engaging many of the more than 3,000 professionals who attended the expo. The demonstration included a full-blown mock incident, complete with multiple emergency vehicles and personnel. Participants had the opportunity to critique the procedures, methods and tools used. Students who successfully completed the 18-hour course earned National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Operations and Technician Level Certification.
Attributable to Jeff Wellman, Aus-Tex Towing and Recovery, Austin, Tx.
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