Clinton Fire Department hosts exercise to train crews on new equipment for vehicle extrication

CLINTON, Miss. (WJTV) — The Clinton Fire Department learned news skills that will help protect both themselves and the community.

Firefighters and first responders participated in the training Thursday morning that helped them learn the latest techniques and equipment for vehicle extrication.

“Our equipment that we use to have, worked real good on a 1964 Pontiac, doesn’t work as well on newer cars,” said Jeff Blackledge, Chief of Clinton Fire Dept.

The new equipment from Municipal Emergency Services will allow crews to get to car crash victims faster.

“We average about six wrecks a week, here in Clinton,” he said. “Some of them maybe just as small as a little fender bender and that’s six wrecks a week that we respond to.”

The community stepped in to help them buy some of the equipment.

“They donated a little over $6,000 to the fire department for us to be able to buy this equipment,” he said.

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