Bodywerks Dallas welcomes first responders for extrication training

A Flower Mound firefighter during a free first responder emergency extraction event at Bodywerks in Dallas on August 6, 2022. Photo by Michael Ainsworth

Training focused on when, where and how to cut on newer vehicles with high strength steel, sophisticated safety systems and high voltage batteries

DALLAS (August 10, 2022) – Park Place BodyWerks Dallas recently hosted 40 firefighters from Flower Mound, Double Oak, DFW Airport, Celina, Wichita Falls and North Texas Regional Airport to teach the latest emergency extrication procedures for new electric and hybrid vehicles .

“It was the first time we’ve held an event like this for first responders and it was a huge success,” said Eric McKenzie, director of Park Place Bodywerks. “Firefighters need access to training that can help accident victims and also keep them safe when working on an accident.”

In conjunction with the National Auto Body Council and USAA, Park Place BodyWerks gave firefighters and first responders the rare opportunity to practice and hone their skills on newer vehicles with lighter, high-strength steels, electronics sophisticated and several airbag systems.

Advances in technology have made today’s vehicles much safer for passengers, but first responders often face challenges in avoiding further injury to crash victims or themselves due to the complexity new technology. Knowing exactly where and how to cut and extract efficiently can make the difference in saving precious minutes and even saving lives.

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Double Oak firefighters during a free first responder emergency extraction event at Bodywerks in Dallas on August 6, 2022. Photo by Michael Ainsworth

First responders got information on where to cut and pry on vehicles in a variety of crash scenarios. Additionally, first responders received training on new metals and how to deal with them when extracting victims from an accident scene. Most importantly, they had the opportunity to gain hands-on experience working on the vehicles individually and as a team.

BodyWerks Dallas is located at 6120 Peeler Street, Lemmon Avenue, near Dallas Love Field Airport. BodyWerks services all makes and models of vehicles and specializes in body care and body repair from top luxury brands including Mercedes-Benz, Volvo, Porsche, Bentley, Jaguar, Maserati, Rolls-Royce, Lotus, McLaren, Sprinter and Landrover.

Park Place Dealerships was founded in 1987 and is committed to the community through its support of the arts, medical research, children’s advocacy and education. Park Place employs more than 1,400 members and operates eight full-service dealerships representing luxury brands such as Lexus, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, Volvo, Jaguar and Land Rover. Park Place BodyWerks Collision Centers in Fort Worth and Dallas, and Park Place Auto Auction, round out the company’s offering. Park Place was acquired in 2020 by Asbury Automotive Group, Inc., a Fortune 500 company headquartered in Duluth, GA. For more information on Park Place dealerships, visit

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