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Havre de Grace Firefighters Train with National Expert

The Susquehanna Hose Company practiced getting victims out of vehicles at Stancill Field.

Ten vehicles were torn apart at Stancill Field in Havre de Grace on Saturday.

The automobiles were donated so the Susquehanna Hose Company could practice rescuing victims. 

Leading the training was Ron Moore, extrication specialist and contributing editor for Firehouse magazine, who emphasized the methodology involved in a rescue operation.

Moore also instructed the firefighters that changes in vehicles—like electric cars, which have batteries located in different places than other types of cars—mean adapting traditional practices.

The Oct. 27 exercise involved prying parts of vehicles apart, smashing glass, cutting electrical systems and other maneuvers.

"It depends totally on the circumstance,” Michael Forgey, safety officer for Susquehanna Hose Company, said, of what, if any, standard procedures are involved. Incidents can vary, Forgey explained, from stabilizing vehicles whose drivers can get out independently to rescuing passengers trapped after airbags deployed.

Approximately 20 people participated in the training, hailing from the Hose Company, Level Volunteer Fire Company and the Havre de Grace Ambulance Corps, according to Capt. Matt Bannon. The Hose Company leads monthly trainings for members, said Bannon, and topics vary.

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