ANAHEIM, CA (August 18, 2016) – First responders from Anaheim Fire & Rescue cut up four cars in front of a live audience at NACE | CARS Expo and Conference last week in a unique, hands-on program designed to help save critical seconds when extricating victims in accidents involving complex, late model vehicles.

This eye-opening drills are part of a training called First Responder Emergency Extrication (FREE™), provided by the National Auto Body Council (NABC), with the support of State Farm which provided the vehicles. NABC members host FREE programs throughout the year across the country at no cost as a community service. Extrication tools and instruction are provided in partnership with Holmatro Rescue Equipment.

According to Anaheim Fire & Rescue Deputy Chief Jeff Alario, “With advancements in vehicle technology, including high strength steels, sophisticated electronics and multiple airbag systems, knowing where and how to efficiently cut and extricate can make the difference in saving lives. Today’s vehicles make it safer for passengers but first responders often face challenges preventing further injuries to accident victims or themselves due to the complexities of new technology.”

“Understanding the latest technologies helps first responders perform their duties safely. State Farm’s efforts to build safer, stronger and better educated communities aligns well with the goals of the program,” said Elizabeth Clark, Property & Casualty Claims program manager at State Farm and a Vice chair of the National Auto Body council.

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About the National Auto Body Council:
The National Auto Body Council (NABC) develops, implements and promotes community-based initiatives that exemplify the professionalism and integrity of the collision repair industry. Members of the National Auto Body Council are recognized and acknowledged as responsible businesses that give back to the communities they serve. For more information, contact the National Auto Body Council at 1-888-667-7433 or at www.NationalAutoBodyCouncil.org. Visit us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/NationalAutoBodyCouncil. The NABC’s Twitter feed is @AutoBodyCouncil.

About State Farm®
The mission of State Farm is to help people manage the risks of everyday life, recover from the unexpected, and realize their dreams. State Farm and its affiliates are the largest providers of auto, home and individual life insurance in the United States. Its 18,000 agents and more than 65,000 employees serve more than 83 million policies and accounts – nearly 81 million auto, home, life, health and commercial policies, and nearly 2 million bank accounts. Commercial auto insurance, along with coverage for renters, business owners, boats and motorcycles, is available. State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company is the parent of the State Farm family of companies. State Farm is ranked No. 35 on the 2016 Fortune 500 list of largest companies. For more information, please visit http://www.statefarm.com.