WESTPORT — When firefighters respond to the scene of an accident, they have to act quickly. Having the appropriate training is essential, which is why Westport firefighter Justin Moser guided firefighter-in-training Adam Gamble through car accident rescue techniques on Aug. 26.

When junkyards in the area donate cars, the Fire Department uses them for training and refreshers on getting victims out of vehicles at the scene of an accident.

During Friday’s training, Moser and Gamble cut the driver’s side doors off a donated car and raised the dashboard, while being careful to avoid setting off airbags, one of several possible safety risks. The firefighters covered multiple techniques because smashed, flipped or rolled-over cars can pose greater challenges and require firefighters to get creative, Lt. Jay Kronenberger said.

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