By Michael Galimi
Photos by Kevin DiOssi
Safety has been the backbone of organized drag racing since the 1950s and that notion remains a vital part of the mission of NMRA/NMCA, the leaders in street-legal drag racing. The sanctioning bodies’ commitment to safety is proven through its actions when last summer they formed an in-house Safety Team under the guidance and leadership of NMRA/NMCA’s National Event Director and General Manager Rollie Miller.
With the goal of improving response times for on-track incidents and giving the rescue teams the proper tools to get the job accomplished, Miller didn’t have to look far to find emergency tools — Chevrolet Performance Challenge Series racer Bryan Williams owns Advanced Rescue Systems, a leading distributor for TNT Rescue.
Last year, the two sketched out a highly detailed list of equipment for a motorsports Fire/Rescue team to address the types of incidents in drag racing. By the end of the summer, Miller had the sanctioning bodies’ Ford F-350 Super Duty truck outfitted with a set of tools and fire fighting gear.
“We are thrilled to partner with TNT Rescue, through Advanced Rescue Systems for our dedicated NMRA/NMCA Safety truck. I have an extensive background in motorsports safety and have worked with their equipment in emergency situations. Our racers can feel safe knowing that we have the equipment and trained personnel to deal with any emergency situation,” Miller said.
New this year is an assortment of tools that use the latest safety technology from TNT Rescue. It provided high-end, battery-operated tools to ensure there are no hoses or generators required to operate the equipment. Outfitted with a battery-operated cutter, ram, spreader, and combi tool, the F-350 also carries a fire-suppression tank, plus a hose and reel from Total Venue Concepts, designed for motorsport use by Miller. Several fire extinguishers in quick-grab silos line the side of the bed and several boxes of specialized tools are easily within reach. The pickup truck’s bed also contains basic equipment to begin vehicle removal and cleanup once the driver is safe and the hazard eliminated.
The Safety team is prepared to attack a fire thanks to fire jackets provided by Racequip, a company that is no stranger to the NMRA/NMCA community. Multi-layer fire jackets that carry SFI ratings are used to protect the safety team when it gets a little hotter than normal during their rescue efforts.
“We owe a special thanks to Bryan Williams of Advanced Rescue Systems for providing the TNT Rescue tools for the new Safety Team,” shares Miller. “Safety continues to be a priority for NMRA/NMCA and our in-house Safety team helps further separate us from other organizations and events.”
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