This fall, our Copart Lyman location in Maine hosted their local fire department for some special rescue training. Copart Lyman donated their facility bull pen as well as some cars for their training scenarios.
“The fire department was incredibly appreciative for not only hosting them, but for our eagerness to get to know them,” said Wendy Szymczycha, Copart Lyman General Manager. “One of our loader operators Meredith Chessie even got in on the fun!”
Copart Lyman cooperated with their regular junk buyer and reserved about 15 cars for the fire department training. At the fire department’s request, the staff helped to place and stack some of the cars in certain ways to stage accident scenes.
The training focused on allowing the firewomen and men to practice with the new survival equipment the department had. Some scenarios involved jacking up the cars upside down and then stabilizing them, as well as practicing freeing potential accident victims from those cars. Other scenarios included using the Jaws-of-Life extraction tool to both teach the importance of frame integrity once certain areas of the car were cut through or removed as well as demonstrate safe approaches for both safety workers and any victims involved when using the tool.
“I think this a great community service event. We try to participate in assisting the Police departments (State and local) and Fire departments any way we can,” explains Wendy. “We have the facility and the vehicles and if we can help them make a difference for the next emergency by providing real-life scenarios in a safe training area, it’s all worth it! It’s important to involve our staff because we are a company that cares and we are eager to work with our community to give back to those who are there when we need them.”
Check out the pictures from the event!