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4/21/07-Longview

Jaws School Held In Ore City

A vital annual school for accident rescue techniques is going on this weekend in Ore City. The drills firefighters are going through, may one day very well save a life.

"Stabilizing a vehicle securing the scene and the main thing is patient care," said Ore City fire chief Gaston Deberry.

At 10,000 lbs. of pressure, the jaws of life have to be used with surgical precision.  "We have what we call the golden hour that's the time when their extricated from the vehicle and taken to the hospital," Deberry said.

More than 60 firefighters and emergency personnel from all over Texas and Louisiana joined in the annual fire rescue school in ore city.  "Everybody has their strengths and weaknesses and we need everybody to be able to perform a task in a timely manner and know exactly what their doing," said Jackson volunteer fire department chief Jim Bruner.

The school is designed for hands-on application in life saving.  "The more we learn the better off we are the quicker we can get with it and have a better chance of saving someone's life," Bruner said.

The technique here is to move quickly and safely, because minutes could mean somebody's life. Nearly 20 different fire departments sent firefighters to the school today. For many it was their first time to actually have hands on training with the jaws of life.

Bob Hallmark, Reporting.  bhallmark@kltv.com

 

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