Video: Student first responders
learn how to help car-accident victims © June 10, 2011, Norwich University Office of Communications

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You learn a lot when you tear a car apart.

Norwich students, with help from local emergency services and a few donated automobiles, spent a Saturday morning practicing techniques to help get accident victims safelty out of their vehicles. Overseen by Lawton Rutter, assistant chief of the Northfield Ambulance Service and advisor to the Norwich University Emergency Medical Services, it was an exercise for students who volunteer for these organizations and the Northfield Fire Department.

This training session covered vehicle accident scene assessment, scene safety, methods of accessing patients and advanced extrication techniques. It was the culmination of about 12 hours of classroom work, according to Rutter, who also works as a firefighter. He tries to arrange comparable field activities four times each year for Norwich student emergency responders.

The exercise took place in a field not far from Norwich’s Northfield, Vt., campus.