St. Amant Volunteer Firefighters attend Extrication Course

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen

On Monday, 30 volunteer firefighters from the St. Amant Volunteer Fire Department attended a Vehicle Rescue Extrication Course.

Frequently encountered vehicle rescue situations in the St. Amant community involve automobile accidents with local resident entrapment.

These accidents on a daily basis are the result of collisions with other automobiles, larger motor vehicles, and even stationary objects. In 2018, the St. Amant Volunteer Fire Department responded to over 180 motor vehicle accidents just in the St. Amant community.

Some of these motor vehicle accidents may have victims that are trapped and may be seriously injured. Proper extrication procedures are very essential to prevent further injury for our Volunteer Firefighters.

The four-hour course conducted by St. Amant Captains Eric Hughes and Jake Blanchard provided the knowledge and skills to prepare our Volunteer Firefighters to properly extricate victims from a common passenger vehicle in a safe and effective manner.

The course culminated in a “colossal collision” scenario where small groups of 8-10 students tackled an unusually challenging scene.

St. Amant Volunteer Firefighters train regularly to ensure they’re proficient in the variety of accidents we face. Whether that’s stabilizing a vehicle on its side, popping a door, or rolling a dash, St. Amant members take pride in working quickly and professionally.

Contributed by St. Amant Volunteer Fire Department Chief James E. LeBlanc