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Thursday, 21 April 2011 15:54

Florida Autobody Collision Alliance (FACA) Hosts 1st Annual First-Responder Extrication Training

The Mid-State Chapter of the Florida Autobody Collision Alliance (FACA) provided hands-on training to Central Florida area First-Responders including Fire Department personnel from the areas of Lakeland, Auburndale and Winter Haven on April 13.

I-Car certified instructor; Steve Laszlo, was on hand to assist in the training and provided information on current vehicle construction technology and related materials.

Training forcused on avoiding areas on newer vehicles where airbags or electrical components could pose a potential risk. Newer hybrid and all-electric vehicles can be dangerous for emergency personnel unfamiliar with the cars mechanics.

Activities took place at 6:30 pm at All Pro Used Auto Parts, 1425 Old Dixie Highway Auburndale, FL 33823-9505.

All Pro Used Auto Parts provided the example vehicles for the training.

Food and beverage served to participants was also provided by Gunder’s Auto Center and Subs and Such of Lakeland.

The Florida Autobody Collision Alliance is a State-wide association of collision repairers and is committed to the future of the collision repair industry.

FACA’s mission is to provide the leadership needed to raise the professional image of the industry and to develop new industry leaders.

FACA’s goal is to educate, inform and represent the collision repair professional in all aspects of the industry.

For more information on FACA please visit: or contact Ms. Cathy Mills, Executive Director via e-mail at: or by phone at (904) 994-6516.

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