Nearly a dozen local fire departments attend the first Vehicle Rescue Level 1 Extrication School hosted by the San Diego Volunteer Fire Department.

Using old, broken down cars firefighters from San Diego, Benavides, Orange Grove, Kleberg and other departments attended the class to learn new techniques and perfect their rescue skills during the three-day session, Friday through Sunday.

The first day had the firefighters in a classroom setting then the hands-on training began on Saturday and Sunday by Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service and Emergency Services Training Institute.

Firefighters suited up their personal protective gear went to the San Diego Rotary Pavilion and work on extrication skills.

Each firefighter used rescue tools to cut, pry and remove parts of vehicles that simulated a vehicle accident.

SDFD plans to host the rescue class annually to continue giving area firefighters the training needed to best serve their communities.