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ACFD recruits learn hazmat safety during week seven of training

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Training continues for Atlantic City's thirteen newest fire fighters during week seven of their instruction as they learned the tools to use in a life or death situation.

Firemen: usually called to the scene of a fire, but there's more to the job then what the title indicates.

"That's what you think, all we do is fire and putting water on the red stuff. There is actually a lot more extra curricular work to do out there," said Battalion Chief, Angelo DeMaio.

Starting with something recruit Mauro Sandoval says he couldn't wait to get his hands on.

"When you were a little kid the Jaws of Life was just something you hear the firefighters had."

The cutter and the spreader are tools that the first responders use when called to the scene of an entrapped motor vehicle accident.

"Car accidents happen all the time so we have to be ready for this," said recruit, Adrian Wilson. "So we pay attention, listen up and operate the equipment the right way and be safe."

If someone is trapped inside of the vehicle and the only way to safely remove them is through the roof the firefighters will use the cutter to cut part of the "A Post" for a full roof removal.

If someone ends up underneath a vehicle the firefighters will use professional grade air bags that can lift up to 30 tons.

"As we are lifting we are also chocking it with wood in case for any reason it fails," said recruit, Tim Brining.

All of which recruit Patrick McDevitt says are important skills to know when covering the Atlantic City area.

"There's a lot of tourists here and not all of them know the streets and are getting in accidents all the time. So we go to a rescue and we have to be able to save the people and the car at the same time."

But sometimes the call can be hazardous. In the case of unknown chemicals they will wear hazmat suits, but must thoroughly decontaminate them before they harm themselves or anyone else.

"You could cross contaminate, and you could further the problem," said recruit, Eric Koob. "Say you went into a hazardous situation and boom you become part of the problem by bringing it out with you."

Next week NBC40 will follow the recruits during week eight of their training as they prepare for graduation.

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