Midwest People & Places - April 2018
More than 500 attended the Iowa Collision Repair Association’s eighth annual Midwest Auto Body Trade Show, Feb. 16-17, at the Prairie Meadows Casino and Hotel in Altoona. There were 46 exhibitors at this year’s Expo.
CARSTAR Don & Ron’s, of Omaha, Neb., recently hosted a First Responder Emergency Extrication program (F.R.E.E.) event. More than 30 firefighters from Omaha, Ralston, Boys Town, Council Bluffs and Emerson, Iowa, attended the training. The strength of this program is the opportunity to practice “cutting” late model vehicles. Salvage cars were donated so first responders can get a chance to practice “cutting” vehicles in a controlled and safe environment. F.R.E.E. keeps first responders abreast of the rapid changes in vehicle design. High-strength steel, airbags, advanced restraint systems and safety around alternative fuel vehicles are all covered in the training.