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8B Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2007 Lassen County Times, Westwood PinePress Sdsanville Explorer Jeremy Gerry uses airbags to stabilize this car, under the supervision of California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection firefighter Eric Ayers. Photos by Patrick Shillito l urn a s oo photo i:!i :.~-,~i'~ :L: ~" " into the perfect girl, lli~i I i!!!!:ili!i : ::::7: ;e: ~.q: : ! :i!i: "Ji:i i[. :m.:: : q:; F }5 Now you can buy the photos you see in the Lassen : ~; ~ ;=~:~ ~ County Times and Westwood PinePress, PLUS all the photos taken at the event that weren't published in the paper. You can buy prints in many different sizes or .even, have them printed.on notecards, coffee mugs, coasters, tote bags, :key tags, buttons and more! Go to LassenPhotos.com now to preview and order your favorite photos on our secure website. " ',i!! i=ll We accept Visa, Mastercard, American Express, personal checks and money orders. II ' Submitted photos not available. ' }1] Drill night, from 1B six, each with a group leader to conduct, the exercises. Ward said the groups were specifically separated to make sure there weren't too many firefighters from the same department working together. "Last year when we did this training, we went to each individual department to administer the .training," Ward said. "This year, we organized a bigger drill that had everybody here at once, not only so more people could participate, but so everyone could work with different people." Each car was systematical:. ly taken apart according to what the assigned simulation called for. Car windshields were carved out using axes, picks or glass saws, while car doors were removed from their hinges with the Jaws of Life. Some of the cars were flipped onto their sides and then completely upside down, using either airbags or hydraulic lifts to push the car. "It's nice to have everybody get together," said Janesville Captain Ken Gullion. "Because on a mutual aid call, when we assist other cities or other cities assist us, we all know how we work, and we work together well." The team leader of each individual group would give on-the-spot critiques of the group members. As the training exercises progressed, each- ,group was told to treat each.exercise like it was a real-life scenario. For a situation requiring a car to be flipped, they had to act like they were extricating a per- son from underneath the car. For the situatiOn simulating a person being removed through the windshield of a car,- they had to break through the windshield as if there was a person actually in the car who needed to be extricated They had to cut into the windshield at specif- ic angles, and if they had to smash through, they were advised how in a real-life situ- ation, they would have slipped a blanket over the pas- senger in the car to protect them from the flying glass. Before the hands-on simu- lation, all of the fire depart- ments participating went through a combined three- hour training course at the Janesville Fire Department. The Oct. 23 classes were given by L.N. Curtis and Sons, a fire equipment supply company from Oakland, Calif. Ward said a fire crew from the California Correctional Center was also scheduled for the training, but couldn't make it because it was in Southern California .battling the wildfires. Ward also said the depart- ments' next drill would involve the same cars used in these exercises, but they would be lit on fire and used to practice putting out vehicle fires. A firefighter from the Milford Fire Department tries his luck for the first time with the Jaws of Life, trying to pry a front door from its hinges. Janesville Fire Captain Ken Gullion said the jaws alone weigh as much as 150 pounds, in addition to the 30 pounds of fire gear. Custom Homes - Additions -Garage Packages Residential- Commercial II II III I * Custom designed according to your specifications Or bring your own custom plans Unique, pre-designed home plans Fully licensed & insured BERT Lic. #763336