PONTOTOC, Miss. (WTVA) -- In an old parking lot in Pontotoc, a training site was set up for firefighters Thursday to practice how to get people out of vehicles involved in traffic accidents.
"It's a good refresher for our senior veteran guys that's on the department to refresh their skills with this. And some of our newer guys, this is the best hands on we can give them without real-life experience," said Pontotoc Fire Chief Lance Martin.
"When it's real life experience, that's the best training they can get, but a lot of times, you don't have the time or options of teaching them or showing them how to do something right there on the scene," said Martin.
The training for the firefighters included all sorts of extrication tactics.
"Using actual extrication tools, using the spreaders or the jaws or as some people call them, the jaws of life, and our cutters, rams — any techniques of how to roll a dash or how to make your own ram-stops, blocking up," said Martin.