Rochester Firefighters Host Extrication Training Class

February 21, 2018 07:33 PM

(ABC 6 News)-- Firefighters trained paramedic students in a situation where their actions can often be the difference between life and death.

The Rochester Fire Department and paramedic students from Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences teamed up for hands-on training involving extrication situations or getting people out of a car in an emergency situation.


The fire department responds to several hundred injury accident calls per year and may require this type of service.

Students worked on scene safety, Patient stabilization and extraction from an actual vehicle.

Captain Holly Mulholland led the training exercise and said she wishes there were more opportunities to train students.

“It’s important when we get opportunities to train together because it does help that science collaboration go smoothly which is always better for the patient," said Mulholland.

George Moultrie is one of the students who participated. In real life, he is a firefighter in Saint Paul, MN and sees this on a regular basis.

 "I think it gives everybody the big picture of what happens on a scene like this and it justs allows everybody to be able to know what to expect once they get on the scene," said Moultrie.

Captain Mulholland said paramedics in emergency situations usually won’t have to cut a victim from a vehicle, but it’s still critical for them to know how.


Lynnette Miller

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