Having been an Extrication instructor for approx. 17 years i have learned from the best this guy unfortunatly he is unable to teach any more but the Tennessee Association of Rescue Squad's has kept up with the new airbags and the vehicle anatomy so i feel priviledged to be a member of this organization and continuous advancement in vehicle extrication.
I think at the rate the automobiles are changing, if you're no longer consider yourself in the "learning stage" you're likely not being safe. My FD doesn't do nearly the number of extrications we used to due to most adjacent dept's getting their own tools, so many more of us are out there with less experience. Less calls generally means less focus from the training side. This is a slippery slope with a dangerous end. We find that while we struggled to stay abreast of changes, while balancing numerous other training tracts, far fewer EMS agencies around us know anything about new vehicle technology. Most EMS or Fire agencies that do not have their own tools, fail to stay up on new features, putting them on the barrel end of the loaded gun.