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Thursday, 23 June 2011 16:18

Pan American Steps Up to Host Firefighter Extrication Training

Written by Toby Chess

Pan American is a family-owned and operated independent collision repair facility with four locations throughout the Southern San Francisco Bay Area. President and owner Luis Alonso recently accepted Farmers Insurance Shop of the Year honors. They have been in operation since 1981, specializing in all types of collision repair and insurance work. They are also a Certified Mercedes Benz and Audi Repair Facility.

Pan American believes in giving back to the community, and as an extension of that model the repair facility enlisted my help to provide extrication training for the local Fire Department.

Today’s vehicles are more complex than ever, and the fire departments are faced with difficult challenges when they respond to emergency calls involving trapped occupants resulting from a vehicle collision. Our goal is to help them be better prepared to deal with these challenges by providing hands on training. We teach safety and stabilization, hybrid vehicle precautions, how to deal with late model ultra-high strength steel, as well as six different extrication techniques. I’m proud to be part of this effort and I applaud Pan American for putting this event together.

Said Luis, “We tend to think of firemen as only responding to fires; however the reality is that much of what they do is responding to vehicle accident scenes. Firemen often put themselves in harm’s way in order to save the members of our community and our business has made a commitment to the Fire Chief that we will continue to provide our assistance in whatever capacity necessary to help with education efforts.”

“Pan American and Farmers Insurance have introduced the first of what will be a series of extrication training and exercises during the May 13th Award Presentation. Two truck companies from San Jose Fire department cut apart vehicles donated by Farmers, in a mock collision scenario. The event also featured demonstrations of  airbag deployment which the repair facility hopes can help these brave and commendable community servants become better prepared for the tough challenges they face on a daily basis.”

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