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Old 12-09-2010, 08:30 AM   #1
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2012 Ford Focus and other Ford vehicles become training tools for first responders

Ford Motor Company is using one new Ford Focus and a dozen other modern vehicles to help train first responders. The new 2012 Focus, which contains high-strength materials and advanced safety features and airbags, is the latest teaching tool to educate members of the Dearborn Fire Department on how best to use their new extrication equipment in rescue situations.

“Ford’s goal is to design safe vehicles. But we also are committed to helping educate first responders who work to save the lives of occupants involved in severe crashes,” said Todd Fronckowiak, Ford’s manager of Government Investigations and Design Analysis Engineering. “For decades, Ford has supplied vehicles to fire departments so they can train on the latest vehicle technologies and materials with their increasingly advanced extrication tools.”

Since 1990, Ford has provided more than 2,000 vehicles to give first responders the opportunity to train on modern vehicles. Ford is also supporting PennWell Publishing, publisher of Fire Engineering Magazine, which is developing an extrication training video series that will be available to fire professionals nationwide in 2011.

In 2009, Ford’s training efforts included helping to stage the first-known emergency responder training event specifically focused on hybrid vehicles. Following the introduction of its first hybrid model, the 2006 Ford Escape Hybrid SUV, Ford began publishing emergency responder hybrid vehicle guides with instructions on how to quickly and safely disable the vehicle’s electrical and battery systems before attempting to rescue occupants.

“It’s important that our personnel have real-world experience using extraction methods on vehicles made with modern materials so they are best prepared to save lives at the scene of an accident,” said Richard Miller, chief of the Dearborn Fire Department. “Knowing their commitment to first responder training, we reached out to Ford and asked them to supply cars for this exercise so that Dearborn firefighters could train and test our new equipment on a broad range of vehicles.”

More than 100 Dearborn firefighters received training over the past three days with new extrication equipment, commonly known as “the jaws of life,” that the Dearborn Fire Department obtained through the Assistance for Firefighters Grant Program. With roughly twice the cutting strength as the department’s old equipment, the new tools are more effective cutting through higher-strength steel, such as the boron steel used in the 2012 Ford Focus and other models.

Boron steel is one of the strongest weldable materials, allowing engineers to design parts that are lighter and stronger than ordinary steel, which means they help protect vehicle occupants while enabling fuel economy improvements. The Dearborn Fire Department training included a demonstration today for city officials, including Dearborn Mayor John O’Reilly Jr.


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Posted via FF Mobile As a volunteer firefighter....this is freaking awesome. Ford, any chance you can come down to my town? This is great because most of the time you dont get the chance to train on modern vehicals. The most you can secure are much older ones. Ive done a few extrications, but on nothing with the steels they used today, although our hurst tools are rated for modern high strength steels. Also non of the cars have side airbags or curtains etc and thats a big deal as anyone of them can go off when working on a vehical. Im glad I have such knowledge of cars and different makes and models, as Im sure itll help me in the field. Ford is doing a great thing here, I wish theyd travel to more citys. Heres alittle tid bit not everyone knows, yes disconnecting the battery is important, but one of the problems is that the airbags still have a charge to them and can still go off a half hour to an hour after you disconnected the battery. Each airbag has a mechanism that is located under the panels, for side airbags they are usually under one of the pillars.

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Posted via FF Mobile As a volunteer firefighter....this is freaking awesome. Ford, any chance you can come down to my town? This is great because most of the time you dont get the chance to train on modern vehicals. The most you can secure are much older ones. Ive done a few extrications, but on nothing with the steels they used today, although our hurst tools are rated for modern high strength steels. Also non of the cars have side airbags or curtains etc and thats a big deal as anyone of them can go off when working on a vehical. Im glad I have such knowledge of cars and different makes and models, as Im sure itll help me in the field. Ford is doing a great thing here, I wish theyd travel to more citys. Heres alittle tid bit not everyone knows, yes disconnecting the battery is important, but one of the problems is that the airbags still have a charge to them and can still go off a half hour to an hour after you disconnected the battery. Each airbag has a mechanism that is located under the panels, for side airbags they are usually under one of the pillars.

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is air bags deploying after an accident a major issue? you can cut airbags, hit them with hammers, drop them, short the wires, cut the wires, and pretty much ignore them with out deployment. i even have a hard time detonating airbags and pretensioners after replacement. airbags are usually safe, what is the danger? just curious.
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Posted via FF Mobile You never know whats going to happen. When extricating the car you are putting extreme forces on the body, we are prying doors, bending and cutting the crap out of the fram and body panels. I havent been in long so I havent seen it happen with my two eyes, but if Im slamming the jaws of life between the front door and the b pillar and theb applying some serious forces, theres a chance the airbag will deploy. Of course more often then not mos airbags are deployed in a major accident so you dont always have to worry, but you have to be careful, you dont want to cause anymore injuries to the occupents or yourself. Cutting the wires could also cause a short that makes them deploy.
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