New simulator helps West Metro firefighters train for fiery crashes

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A packed interstate in Lakewood, in the middle of rush hour traffic, became a day that will live with paramedic and firefighter Nick Zeman forever.

“As we were driving toward the scene, we started reading call notes. Five vehicles, ten vehicles, 20 vehicles, explosions, cars on fire,” Zeman remembered. “That’s when you get that knot in your stomach and you realize this is the call that you never want to go on but this what you always train for.”

A semi-truck, unable to stop, had just crashed into multiple vehicles. Many drivers and passengers were trapped in their cars.

Zeman and his partner were on triage. They said a prayer, and got to work.

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