County firefighters crack into vehicles

Emergency responders participating in the class were (front row) Bruce Strange, Mary Vargas, Abbie Cowen-Thompson, Joan Field, Jody Hill, Larry Johnson, Kara Kohfield-Hilton, T.R. Hilton, Amanda Ridney, Terry Coalwell, Rocky Desimini; (middle row) Jerry Cowger, Sharon Morgan, Ian Tattam, Scott Field, Zach Mobley, Joe Rigney, Dan Gabbard, Ronda Metler, and (back row) Dan Kowing, Domingo Mendoza, Joan Hibbeler, Don Summers, Andrew Woosley, Marvin Rynearson andJohn Burgett.

MT. VERNON – Recently 24 firefighters, EMTs and Oregon State Police Officers from Grant County, Harney County, Fossil, and Mitchell gathered at Mt. Vernon to train in vehicle extrication. 

The group spent a Saturday morning in classroom training at the Mt. Vernon community hall. 

That afternoon at the Mt. Vernon Fire Station, instructors demonstrated various extrication tools and ways to stabilize vehicles before beginning extrication procedures. The next day, the group divided into teams to practice those skills. 

Instructors for the class were Don Summers, Joanna Hibbler, Shawn Wagner and Scott Moore, members of the Dallas Fire Department’s extrication team. The group participates in extrication competitions nationally, and stands at second place in the nation.

The class was sponsored by the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training.  Host for the training class was the Grant-Harney Training Association. 

Vehicles for the training class were donated by Grant County residents. Bottled water and Gatorade was donated by the Pepsi Cola Bottling Company.  

When the work was done, Wurdinger Recycling Inc.’s Island City Division removed the demolished vehicles.

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