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"Eggs"citing Training with Jaws of Life

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Eggsciting curriculum on a beautiful day.

Fun, yet challenging "eggs"perience for students.

Just recently, Manteno FPD donated some Jaws of Life hydraulic equipment for the Fire-Rescue-EMR program.  it took just a couple of days to put this fine donation to good use.

Last Friday, it was sunny and a bit breezy, but was perfect to begin training with the Jaws of Life equipment.

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Practice Makes Perfect - Don's Break the Egg! Click on this picture to open full gallery

Fire-Rescue-EMR students practiced developing their manual dexterity and ability to control hydraulic pressure while training with the Hurst equipment donated to KACC by the Manteno Fire Protection District.

The object of the "eggsercise" was to be able to close the Jaws of Life around an egg with just enough pressure to lift it up - without cracking it.

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This training proved eggstremely challenging as only one student (Nathan Hargate of BBCHS) out of 40 was able to accomplish the task.  Many other students were able to lift the egg but eggserted too much pressure which resulted in cracks in the egg's shell.

Students also trained using the hydraulic cutters to practice cutting metal.

These skills will be put to the test at the end of April when they all actually cut apart automobiles at Manteno FPD's training site.


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PO Box 570Bourbonnais, IL 60914

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