This is What It's Like to be Saved by the Jaws of Life

With any luck, you'll never get to know what it's like to have firefighters rescue you from your car with the jaws of life. Unfortunately, people do need them almost every day when accidents mangle cars to such a degree that people can't get out, and extreme measures must be taken. The jaws of life were first developed in the early 1970s by the Hurst Performance Company after company founder, George Hurst, watched workers spend over an hour freeing a race car driver from his car. The first time the jaws of life were used was in 1971, and they've since evolved into a variety of tools designed to free people who are trapped in different ways. Watch Autoblog's The List, as they experience this from both sides; seeing what it's like to be trapped in a car, and what it's like to do the job of cutting the car free. It's fascinating and frightening and hopefully, the closest any of us will ever come to experiencing this for real. RELATED: See Photos of the 2007 Volve XC70 Surf Rescue Concept
As you can see in the video, the tool lets firefighters completely remove large pieces of the car in less than two minutes. The idea is to remove the car from the person rather than remove the person from the car. Basically, they're chopping up the bits so the car is removed and the person is free. RELATED: See Photos of the 2004 Jeep Rescue Concept