PHOTOS: Rescue workers rip open cars in Camden demonstration

Photos by Jason Hawk | Civitas Media

Imagine being trapped in a crumpled car after a horrible crash. It’s something you hope never to experience — but a scenario rescue teams respond to on a regular basis. Camden Township firefighters showed Saturday how they use tools such as the Jaws of Life to rip metal and fiberglass aside, demonstrating by tearing a roof and doors from real cars involved in crashes. Central Ambulance District EMTs, with the help of a volunteer, showed how they pull a victim from wreckage and secure them to a stretcher. And a Life Flight helicopter landed in a nearby field so folks could get an up-close view of their operations. The event was held at Camden Baptist Church on Rt. 511. The stretch, according to firefighter Ken Mandeville, often sees high-speed crashes.