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Thursday, July 15, 2004
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Learning to rescue the trapped


A1 / Mark Pummell
  Practice makes perfect as Celina firefighters hone their extrication skills during training sessions this week at Graveyard II Auto Parts on Kuhn Road. Firefighter Brian Davis uses a Hurst tool, commonly known as the jaws of life to cut into the roof of a vehicle. The department responds to an average of three or so accidents with entrapment during the course of a year so training sessions are needed to maintain skills, according to Schumm. Techniques change periodically with vehicle designs; what worked once may not apply in all situation. Graveyard owners supplied nine vehicles -- three per shift -- giving veterans as well as rookies an opportunity to practice.
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