On April 8th, 2017, Firefighters from Hamilton County and surrounding counties came together at the Chattanooga Fire Department Training Center to training on advanced vehicle extrication. This training and testing provided newer firefighters with the tools and knowledge to help save lives while also allowing seasoned first responders to share with each other and others in training their real world experiences. The coming together of the regions firefighting crews is an annual event and is held in different locations each time. The training was setup with several different scenarios from cars pinned under tractor trailers, vehicles wrapped around telephone poles, cars with crushed roofs, drivers impaled and various other real world scenarios based on existing historical response reports from the area. The test dummies used in each test were set with triggers that would report success or failure during the extrication. Some of these tests were as simple as placing a bottle of water on the dummy that would spill if the patient was moved more than needed for a successful life saving extrication.
When Hamilton County and the Chattanooga Fire Department's Training Center was selected for this year's extrication training event, the chief made a personal visit to Clean Sweep, Inc. Chief Rip Rohen from Hamilton County, Tennessee's Fire Department and Emergency Services, asked Clean Sweep to help out the first responders in this honored hosting of the vehicle extrication training and testing at the local training center. Without hesitation, Peter Phillips of Clean Sweep, Inc. committed to helping clean up the mess after the three day event.