ESTO - The Esto Fire Department recently hosted an extrication training to refresh lifesaving skills for veterans firefighters and teach more about the process to new recruits. Joining Esto firefighters at the training were members of the Grtiney and Pittman Fire Departments.

Esto Fire Captain Cliff Kimble reports in addition to video and classroom training, firefighters were able to get "hands on" with cars donated by Mike Jones' Salvage Yard.

"We let the firefighters who had never used or who had limited use of the (jaws of life) cutters, spreaders, and rams," said Kimble. "We first went over the scene size up, then created mass confusion for firefighters handling tools. The main purpose was to prepare them for a real scene."

Firefighters were shown how to make proper cuts and how to prevent hysterical bystanders from adding to the confusion of a scene.

"By end of training, most felt comfortable using tools and felt when the time comes," said Kimble. "If they were on scene by themselves these firefighters could handle the situation."

Esto tries to conduct extrication training three to four times year to keep the firefighters sharp and invites other agencies to participate.