With summer in full swing and traffic throughout the Methow Valley on the rise OCFD6 always has an increase in motor vehicle accident calls. Our firefighter training puts an emphasis on vehicle extrication skills. The ‘Hands-On Tools’ training was particularly well attended. Firefighters were divided into two groups and practiced stabilizing and cutting apart donated vehicles. One lucky group had the honor of dismantling a BMW SUV that presented several challenges to be overcome or worked around in order to accomplish their objectives. To increase the level of difficulty, both vehicles were turned on their sides. This type of training is invaluable to our personnel. Understanding how a vehicle is constructed and the capabilities of the extrication tools allows the firefighters to become more proficient in their craft.