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Firefighters conduct realistic training

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ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Albany Firefighters used wrecked cars to train how to remove and save crash victims Tuesday. 

New firefighters trained using the jaws of life and power saws to tear apart wrecked cars at Quality Wrecker. New vehicles and their safety equipment can pose real problems for emergency first responders. 

"We got glass called 'Lexon' that you could take and sledgehammer and beat it and beat it and beat it, and it won't break. Our other problems we are having to deal with is air bags. Air bags are all over cars these days," said GEMA Training Instructor Harold Pinson.

New hybrid and electric cars can also be dangerous for rescuers because of batteries and wiring that carry thousands of volts of electricity through the car.

 

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