Fentress Rescue Squad Improves Lifesaving Abilities With New Genesis Extrication Equipment


Rescue Squad Captain Johnnie Mills holds a section of the high-strength metal bar which was cut  from the door of a vehicle.  The old equipment would only scratch this steel, but the new equipment easily cut through the bar in a matter of seconds.

Rescue Squad Captain Johnnie Mills holds a section of the high-strength metal bar which was cut from the door of a vehicle. The old equipment would only scratch this steel, but the new equipment easily cut through the bar in a matter of seconds.

When someone is trapped in a wrecked vehicle, seconds can make a difference in life and death.
For the past several years now, the Fentress County Rescue Squad has been operating with outdated extrication equipment, and while they have done a remarkable job with what they had to work with, the equipment was just not up to the job of cutting some of the exotic metals found in modern vehicles.
Through the cooperation of the Fentress Co. Commission and the generosity of local citizens, the squad was able to recently obtain new state-of-the art Genesis rescue tools, and last week the squad put the tools to the test for the first time.
As squad members getting their first hands-on experience Tuesday, July 16 at Gary’s Auto Salvage, Rescue Squad 2nd Lt. Joe McGrogan, who is certified in extrication, commented: “We’re now equipped with the highest standard of extrication tools on the market.  We’re trying out the new Genesis rescue tools which we have recently installed on our trucks.  We’re doing both a trial to make sure the equipment is up to our standards as well as providing training for our personnel.  Gary’s Auto Salvage has graciously donated two late-model cars for us to work on, for which we’re very grateful.  We also have a representative from Genesis here with us to answer any questions we have and instruct us on proper techniques.”
Long-time Rescue Squad member and extrication specialist Billy Hayes commented:
“Vehicles made today are designed with high-strength metal bars in the doors as a safety means to keep people inside the vehicle, which makes it more difficult for rescue personnel to get into the vehicles

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Fentress County Rescue Squad members participating in the training on the new extrication equipment last week included, left to right:  Billy Richards, Wm. Casher Brown, 2nd Lt. Joe McGrogan, Steve Kelly, Francis Kelly, Patricia Brewer, Daniel Brewer, Jacklyn Goad, Thelma “Lucy” Franklin, Jeff York, Captain Johnnie Mills and Billy Hayes.  At far right is James Riddle Jr. with Hi-Tech Rescue, who instructed the group on the proper use of the new equipment.

Fentress County Rescue Squad members participating in the training on the new extrication equipment last week included, left to right: Billy Richards, Wm. Casher Brown, 2nd Lt. Joe McGrogan, Steve Kelly, Francis Kelly, Patricia Brewer, Daniel Brewer, Jacklyn Goad, Thelma “Lucy” Franklin, Jeff York, Captain Johnnie Mills and Billy Hayes. At far right is James Riddle Jr. with Hi-Tech Rescue, who instructed the group on the proper use of the new equipment.

Wm. Casher Brown snips off a windshield post as Lucy Franklin, Daniel Brewer, and James Riddle Jr. look on.

Wm. Casher Brown snips off a windshield post as Lucy Franklin, Daniel Brewer, and James Riddle Jr. look on.

2nd Lt. Joe McGrogan holds a brake pedal shaft which the small but powerful tool cut through in seconds.

2nd Lt. Joe McGrogan holds a brake pedal shaft which the small but powerful tool cut through in seconds.

Daniel Brewer puts the tool in the expansion mode to pop a door from its hinges.

Daniel Brewer puts the tool in the expansion mode to pop a door from its hinges.

Snipping off a post.

Snipping off a post.