FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – The emergency response to the February 11 pileup on Interstate-35W was huge.
MedStar experiences they’d 34 personnel on scene working alongside 80 law enforcement officials and near 70 firefighters. Not counted in these numbers are the handfuls of tow truck drivers who helped first responders not solely clear the mangled wreckage, however carry 1000’s of kilos of crushed automobiles in order that firefighters might rescue individuals trapped.
James Bennett Jr. not solely owns Beard’s Towing, one of many tow truck firms that responded to Thursday’s crash, but additionally is the “Incident Administration Commander” for the Visitors Incident Administration System within the space. This place means Bennett oversaw coordinating the response of near 90 tow vans that have been on scene serving to with the crash.
Along with that, his firm usually hosts extrication trainings for DFW first responders. Coaching that performed a vital function within the emergency response yesterday.
“The principle functions of [the training] is for every trade — the police division, the hearth division, the tow firms, the EMS and the hazmat groups — to know the instruments that every trade and each division has at their disposal,” Bennett says.
Instruments that play a vital function in safely rescuing individuals trapped within the wreckage of a crash.
“So you probably have one thing that weighs 45,000 to 80,000 kilos trapped on high of one thing that weighs lower than a ton, we want to have the ability to take away that rigorously and safely so firefighters can get in there and do their job,” Bennett explains.
Images of their coaching periods look eerily just like what emergency crews handled on I-35W in Fort Price.
The coaching reveals flipped large rigs crushing vehicles between concrete boundaries and Jaws of Life getting used to pry open smashed automobiles.
It’s coaching that helps first responders observe and know precisely the best way to assess and deal with these conditions after they occur in actual life.
Bennett says the coaching goes past simply studying new expertise, it helps first responders and tow truck drivers construct belief and comradery that enables them to work as a staff in moments the place minutes can imply life or loss of life for crash victims.
“It turns into a type of issues the place we aren’t trying to see who’s in cost,” Bennett explains. “We wish to see, and to verify, every place we get into is environment friendly and efficient for the objective we try to get and yesterday’s objective was to get the victims out.”
Bennett says he and his staff labored till midnight Thursday clearing the wreckage from the interstate. He says he has by no means seen such a horrific crash in Texas earlier than and hopes to by no means see something prefer it once more.