PEORIA, Ill. — The East Peoria Fire Department holds a vehicle extraction training session for residents at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center every three years.
They do this to help medical students understand what goes on at the scene of an auto accident.
“They’re gonna be able to interact and understand what that process is and what exactly is going on to get that person out of the car,” said East Peoria Fire Department Deputy Chief Brett Brown.
The fire department brings out real vehicles that the residents have to break into, providing them with true hands-on experience.
“So we want them to physically hold a tool and see what it’s like to cut that A-post or cut that B-post and see how long that can take and how tough that can be,” said Brown.
They also simulated a collapsed house from a tornado disaster situation.
“Where they can crawl through confined space, difficult areas to get in. they’re gonna come across multiple victims some them are alive some of them are dead,” Brown explained.
The deputy chief said he believes this training is necessary as it is difficult to explain what happens at the scene of a disaster.