ONALASKA, Wis. (WXOW) – The Onalaska Fire Department performed an extrication demo Saturday afternoon at the American Legion Grounds as part of Onalaska Community Days.
They wanted to inform the public on what actually goes into an extrication. The Onalaska Fire Department wanted the community to be familiar with the equipment used, the safety precautions and how much staff is actually involved. The demo showing allowed the community members to ask questions and understand the process.
“When the community comes out and can see something like this and see the effort that it takes, see the equipment that it takes to do it effectively,” Firefighter and EMT Andrew Barnhardt said. “Again its the community around that helps make those decisions on what we get, as far as equipment, trucks and personnel.”
Watching this demo also serves as an opportunity for the public to know the steps involved in an actual emergency.
“One of the questions we often get is why does it take two engines or three engine companies to perform or why do you need more personnel or more staff so we use this as an educational tool to show the community that not only is it the equipment, it’s the personnel that we need and it all works as one,” Barnhardt said.
A few cars were donated for the demo. As a part of the Community Days, the Onalaska Fire Department was celebrating 125 years of service to the community. The Fire Department had activities planned all weekend for children and their families to get involved in.