Franklin Co. firefighters train to save lives

FRANKLIN COUNTY, IL (KFVS) - When it comes to rescuing people from trapped cars, seconds can make the difference between life and death.

Firefighters from across Franklin County spent their Saturday training on how to rescue people trapped in vehicles.

Crews learned how to use special hydraulic tools to cut and pry the victims out of the wreckage.

In some cases they had to learn how to elevate a car while someone is trapped underneath it.

"We have what's called the golden hour from the time the crash happens until the patient is in surgical intervention," said Bryan Doyle with Illinois Fire Services Institute. "We have one hour to get that done. The more these fire fighters train, the quicker and more efficient they become to get that person out."

The high number of crashes on Interstate 57 was part of the reason why crews took the time to train Saturday.

Copyright 2011 KFVS. All rights reserved.