Cherokee County Fire
& Emergency Services

Firefighters Train in Heavy Extrication

September 20, 2018

Firefighters with Cherokee County Fire & Emergency Services have been training in heavy extrication this week at the county’s fire training center.

Firefighters were taught different techniques for dealing with vehicles in unusual positions as well as an introduction into large/heavy vehicle extrication. Firefighters were also shown alternative techniques that may be useful when operating on an unusual extrication scene. Different scenarios were set up so firefighters could get hands on experience.

John Weaver of Mauldin’s Body Shop in Canton was the lead instructor of the class which was held on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week. Weaverwas inducted into the International Towing & Recovery Hall of Fame in 2016. Weaver has over fifty years of experience in towing & recovery and currently is a Lead Instructor for WreckMaster, Incorporated which is a towing and recovery training and certification company.  Weaver’s daughter, Angela Reece, and son-in-law, Brian, also took part in instructing the firefighters.

Firefighters received some exceptional training this week and we offer our thanks to John Weaver and his crew for instructing this class.

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The heavy extrication class was held this week at the Cherokee County Fire Training Center.
The heavy extrication class was held this week at the Cherokee County Fire Training Center. (click image for slideshow)
John Weaver, from Mauldin's Body Shop, was one of the instructors.
John Weaver, from Mauldin's Body Shop, was one of the instructors.
Another scenario at the training center show a transfer truck on top of a car.
Another scenario at the training center show a transfer truck on top of a car.
The heavy extrication class was held for two days at the training center.
The heavy extrication class was held for two days at the training center.