On Saturday, April, 9th, Mardela Springs Volunteer Fire Company held their annual vehicle extrication training day. Each year Mardela Springs invites all surrounding fire companies of Delmarva to participate in this instruction and training to better prepare all first responders.
In the event of a severe motor accident, firefighters use hydraulic tools, often known as the jaws of life, to free trapped passengers from the vehicles. Annual training days are used to simulate collisions to give the rescuers first-hand experience with these life-saving tools. It is also an important team-building day since the surrounding companies often respond to assist with vehicle accidents. Fire Fighters from Sharptown, Hebron, Vienna, Delmar, Pocomoke, and Mardela Fire Companies were invited to participate in this event.
This year, Pohanka of Salisbury graciously donated the training cars for the extraction drills. Five cars were delivered to be flipped, rolled, and torn to pieces in the name of training. Pohanka then took care of removing the vehicle pieces after the training. Without the transportation, a fire company would be out of service for trips to the junk yard, making it a critical step.
The generous donation from Pohanka of Salisbury of their time and vehicles is vital to the success of the training day. It also ensures that firefighters all over the Delmarva peninsula are fully prepared to respond to vehicle emergencies.