Ford Teams Up With Rescue SA For A Safer South Africa

  • Ford provided five Ford Rangers to Rescue SA for emergency service training
  • Students educated on the complexities of removing occupants from modern-day vehicles in the event of an accident

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PRETORIA, South Africa, 10 September, 2012 – Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa (FMCSA) is hosting a motor vehicle rescue course in conjunction with Rescue South Africa at its Silverton Assembly Plant, east of Pretoria.

Rescue South Africa is an official South African Disaster Response Team made up of volunteer emergency response specialists from the South African public and private sector emergency and ancillary services.

FMCSA donated five of its Ford Ranger models to the organisation. The vehicles were utilised for training medical personnel from Netcare911 and ER24. The exercise allowed the students to understand and experience the correct techniques required to ensure the safe removal of occupants from the vehicle in the event of an accident.

“It is very hard to get any new cars to work with, especially with demonstrations like these. We are extremely grateful to Ford for allowing us to conduct this training with their Ford Ranger models. Having the highest safety rating in its class the Ranger proved to be the perfect choice,” explained Hugh Price-Hughes, Operations Manager Rescue South Africa. “The incredible safety features available in newer vehicles makes the extrication of trapped victims more challenging and can also pose significant hazards to rescue personnel.”

Ford Safety South Africa

While the modern-day vehicle safety systems drastically reduce the likelihood of death or serious injury in the event of a car accident, if a person becomes trapped, they are now much more difficult to extricate. This is due to the fact that vehicles are constructed with stronger materials and are strategically reinforced.

In addition passive safety systems such as air bags and pre-tensioners pose significant hazards if they did not deploy during the initial impact. Such systems need to be disarmed prior to the cutting of the vehicle or avoided during the extrication evolution.

“Ford is proud to be a part of this initiative,” said Jeff Nemeth, President and CEO of Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa. “No one wants to be involved in an accident but if the worst were to happen, the Ranger is proven to provide outstanding protection and by ensuring rescue personnel are able to safely extricate victims following an accident our customers are further assured of the highest level of protection.”

A series of crash tests were also conducted on the training days. This allowed the students to better understand how the vehicles many safety features performed in a collision.

Ranger’s advanced safety protection begins with a reinforced passenger cell that utilises high-strength steel throughout. Utilising multiple load paths in the front, side, and rear of the vehicle, crash forces are directed away from occupants, providing high levels of protection in the event of a collision. This structure, along with the all-new ladder frame, was optimised to manage the crash energy in a variety of impacts and provide protection for all passengers.

Side curtain airbags deploy from the headliner to provide a protective cushion for the head of occupants in case of a side impact. The curtain is designed to protect both rows of occupants in Double Cab models by covering the upper side structure and glass from the A-pillar to the rear of the passenger compartment.

New side airbags also deploy from the side bolster of the front seats to protect the thorax from side-impact forces, working in tandem with the front airbags for the driver and front passenger.

Other safety technologies include three-point safety belts for all seating positions, with pre-tensioners and load limiter for the front seats, as well as Ford BeltMinder technology which helps remind front-seat occupants to wear their belts.