Tow Firm Hosts 1st Responder Training Course

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Big Truck Rescue Conducted 2-Day Event


BLOOMINGTON – Over the weekend a towing firm in Illinois hosted a group of experts who trained about forty emergency responders in the art of heavy recovery.

Police, fire and medic personel face an entirely different set of challenges when dealing with larger vehicles following a roadside incident.  It’s more then just an issue of some vehicles being larger and heavier, their weight can also shift much more easily – and with fatal momentum.

About 40 professionals participated in the two-day training, hosted by Joe’ Towing of Bloomington and conducted by Big Truck Rescue.  Big Truck was founded by Howard ‘Scooby’ Egan in the early 90’s, then a specialist on highway extrication in New Jersey.  He and his team now lead a wide range of a courses including dispatch protocols and proper airbag handling.

The first day focused largely on classroom learning, following by crash simulations in the field.  They covered issues such as quickly retrieving trapped motorists following an accident.  This included the use of such equipment as spreader bars and the jaws of life.

“Anytime we can get a patient, a victim in an accident to the hospital within the golden hour,”  said Bruce Pedigo of Joe’s Towing, “the better chances that victim has to make a successful recovery and to live.”






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