Firefighters from across northeast Alabama participated in a hands-on training course on Friday afternoon to better prepare them to save lives. The course took place in Piedmont with fire and rescue personnel participating in specialized extraction training. Former Mayor Charlie Fagan donated cars he acquired during the Cash for Clunkers program to be used for the training. The program was offered by a Texas-based non-profit agency called “Scene of the Accident.” Officials say these types of rescue procedures are more difficult now than they have been in the past. Officials estimate this training will help save more than two dozen lives between now and the New Year.