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Westport Fire Department Conducts Extrication Drills

Members of the Westport Fire Department recently conducted a series of training exercises at Sherwood Island State Park.
Members of the Westport Fire Department recently conducted a series of training exercises at Sherwood Island State Park. Photo Credit: contributed
Vehicles were placed in positions simulating motor vehicle accidents with occupants trapped.
Vehicles were placed in positions simulating motor vehicle accidents with occupants trapped. Photo Credit: contributed
Members of the Westport Fire Department train on an overturned vehicle.
Members of the Westport Fire Department train on an overturned vehicle. Photo Credit: contributed

WESTPORT, Conn. -- Members of the Westport Fire Department recently conducted a series of extrication training exercises over the course of several days at Sherwood Island State Park, authorities said.

During the training, part of the department’s ongoing efforts to better prepare for complex technical rescues, vehicles were placed in realistic positions that simulated motor vehicle accidents with patients trapped, according to fire officials.

Members of the department respond to motor vehicle accidents with injuries daily, with many occurring on Interstate 95 and the Merritt Parkway.

High-speed crashes with heavy passenger compartment damage pose a constant challenge to first responders, fire officials said.

The Westport Fire Department asks all motorists to drive safely and defensively as the holiday season starts.

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