Greene County Rescue Squad hosts extrication class

Greene County Rescue Squad hosts extrication class

PARAGOULD, AR (KAIT) - The Greene County Rescue Squad held a regional training event Wednesday night at Arkansas Methodist Medical Center.

The non-profit group invited fire and rescue squads from multiple Region 8 counties to the class.

The class focused on performing rescue missions on school buses and big rigs. Though information was learned in the classroom Wednesday night, Greene County Rescue Squad Chief Curtis Davenport said this weekend, training will be hands on.

Davenport said this information will save lives as rescuing people from these wrecks is a lot different than car wrecks.

"We go work a car wreck and do extrication and most of the time, 8-10 minutes and it takes care of a car wreck," Davenport said. "Well, if a school bus, if you actually have to cut the side out or cut the roof off, it's on its side and you have to cut the roof off, you're looking at an extended extrication."

Davenport said rescue crews have to use more equipment than just the Jaws of Life.

Davenport said they will be able to practice on cutting up a school bus, big rig and dump truck Saturday morning.

Eight different departments from five counties made it to the class on Wednesday night.

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