Advanced Tactical Training at Copart Altoona

From California to Florida and Montana to Alabama, Copart locations across the country host their local first responder agencies by providing safe training environments. Copart is proud to support local community efforts and offers these safe spaces for training. In August, Copart Altoona, Pennsylvania hosted two tactical training events.

The first training was an intermediate extraction training with Nanty Glo, Vintondale, Reade Township and Lower Yoder Fire Companies.

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From left to right: James Smith, Nanty Glo, Cory Campbell, Nanty Glo, Brody Lawrence, Vintondale, William Kovac, Nanty Glo, RJ Wilson, Reade Township, Robert Mayes, Reade Township, Chris Burns, instructor, Christian Tomkosky, Lower Yoder, Bryant Greene, Nanty Glo, heavy rescue officer [not pictured: Jay Jacobson, Nanty Glo, heavy rescue operator]

With the success of the first training, the Nanty Glo Fire Department teamed up with Tactical Advantage Training, LLC to hold a two-day Tactical Extraction class, an advanced extraction training. Copart Altoona was once again eager to offer their land as well as vehicles to use for the Tactical Advantage class.

“This was one of the most exciting events I have ever witnessed!” said Anita Eckenrode, GM of Copart Altoona. “I would like to give a special thanks to my yard supervisor, Tom Shaffer, who staged the vehicles with assistance from loader operator, Ron Shearer.  These guys did an amazing job making sure this event was a great success!”

Led by trainers Isaac Frazier and Christopher King from Tactical Advantage Training, members from Nanty Glo, Jackson Township, Dauntless and Carrolltown Fire Companies attended the training to learn more on the advanced tactics of extracting people from their automobiles after an automobile accident. The class went over new techniques, speed and efficiency, and complex scenarios that fire fighters may face when helping trapped individuals. In addition, a representative from Amkus Rescue Systems and Kaza Fire Equipment, LLC attended and provided insight into the various extraction tools used by the fire companies.


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