LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - Two special guests took the front seats for a unique simulation today. Lafayette Mayor Tony Roswarski and City Clerk Cindy Murray were rescued from car for a simulation.
Firefighters practiced using the jaws of life to remove body panels from the vehicle to access the passengers. The exercise was part of the unveiling ceremony of Lafayette Fire Department's new fire and rescue unit. It was a way to "pass the torch" from the old unit to the new one.
The equipment was taken off the old truck for the last time during the simulation. Afterward it was placed in its new home aboard the new unit.
Lafayette Mayor Tony Roswarski says the simulation allowed for an inside look as to see what happens in real life emergencies. "The firefighters were talking to Cindy and I while we were going through that the same way if somebody in there was injured - what they say to keep people calm, what procedures they would be going through, what questions they would be asking," said Roswarski.
Lafayette Mayor Tony Roswarski says the simulation gave him a new perspective towards rescue missions. "It's really an interesting experience. There is a lot more noise than you'd probably think. The glass was removed but there was still glass popping. Seeing those jaws of life and that equipment work is much different when you're looking at it," added Roswarski.
The simulation was completed in under ten minutes.