After Norwalk firefighters rescued a child from a locked car in the heat this week, first responders know all too well that training for those emergencies is necessary.
On Thursday, first responders showed Eyewitness News what kind of tools they have, and how they practice in an incident like a child locked in a car.
Members of the Old Mystic Fire Department and Poquonnock Bridge Fire Department trained side-by-side getting inside of a car as if a child were locked inside it.
The fire departments work together all the time at accident scenes, extricating crash victims.
The summer’s hot heat could be deadly for anyone locked in a vehicle too long.
"The child is in a car and the car isn’t not running with the air conditioning on the temperatures in the car can get up over 200 degrees pretty quick,” said Old Mystic Fire Chief Ken Richards.
First responders could first use various tools to get into the car, but if someone is in real danger the fastest way is to break glass, furthest from the trapped person.
The outside of the window is taped first so flying glass doesn’t injure whomever might be inside.
If firefighters have to get in through the windshield, with a tool they can poke a hole in the glass and then saw away.
"It we think the child is in great distress we're going to take a window right away. The quickest way to get them out and take care of the individual that's in the car,” Richards said.
First responders work fast and they said summertime heat, trapped in a car, is not good for pets or any human.
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