According to National Safety Council (NSC), June is National Safety Month! What better way to celebrate the month than to give thanks to those who keep us safe: the first responders. What would we do without the heroes who come to our rescue when we are involved in an accident?
As automotive engineers implement advanced steels into vehicles to meet increasing safety and fuel economy standards, it’s important to remember the first responders who are encountering these new structures made of advanced high-strength steel (AHSS). To support our rescuers, we’ve developed ways to help them understand, prepare, and be equipped to cut through these new, stronger steel grades.
We are committed to educating first responders on how to efficiently do their job of saving lives when confronted with these new steel grades. This involves raising awareness of new rescue techniques and tools, such as high-power versions of the hydraulic shears required to cut through AHSS found in today’s vehicles.
To help raise awareness and to gain insight of how we can be help inform first responders, we’ve worked with Ron Moore, a retired battalion chief and training officer for the McKinney Texas Fire Department, and an expert in extrication techniques. Ron conducts countless hours of research and works to educate first responders and firefighters properly on how to work with AHSS in a time-critical manner. His dedication to educating and preparing rescuers was also why we saw fit to present him with our 2015 Man of Steel Award and our Community Hero Award at the North American International Auto Show.
To educate first responders, Moore trained personnel from the Livonia, Michigan Fire Department through an extrication demonstration taped at our Great Designs in Steel seminar. State Farm® donated a 2011 Nissan Altima featuring AHSS for the event. Rescue workers removed the driver and passenger doors, as well as the roof, using the new, higher-powered equipment.
New advanced steels help automakers design stronger, more “crashworthy” vehicles. When first responders are preforming their jobs, it’s imperative they are prepared to do this most efficiently. We’re proud to work together with first responders to meet these new challenges. Don’t forget to share your love for your local rescuers in the comment section below!