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Tractor Trailer vs House

Below are a few pictures and the description of an incident that involved a tractor trailer into a house with people trapped. I believe every fire department should have a basic understanding of shoring up a house for just this type of incident.  Vehicles into a structure can happen anywhere.  Departments train for vehicle accidents with entrapment but often this doesn’t include any shoring training.  Shoring a structure is under the technical rescue category.  However, I would prefer to have my crew know how to properly deploy T Spot Shore to provide additional safety those working in or around the compromised structure.  The Field Guide for Building Stabilization and Shoring Techniques published by the Department of Homeland Security and is packed full of useful information.

Here’s a video on using Paratech Struts to make a T-Spot Shore.

The Seventh District Volunteer Fire Department had an incident with a Tractor Trailer in a residence with occupants trapped near the Clements intersection. Crews assisted with stabilizing the structure to remove 4 occupants and the Truck driver. One patient was pinned inside the structure and required additional rescue efforts. All patients were extricated and transported within an hour of arrival.

Chief 7 was assigned as a Rescue Group Supervisor with Chief 5 holding Command. A total of 4 Heavy Duty Rescue Squads, 2 Ladder Trucks, 1 Engine, NDW Pax River Collapse Trailer and Support, Charles County TRT, DCFD TRT Task Force, EMS units from Seventh District, Leonardtown, and Mechanicsville, along with Baltimore Shock Trauma Go Team responded on the incident.

Mike Smith, Absolute Rescue's Editor in Chief, is a veteran of the fire/rescue service in Michigan, who also works in the automotive industry as a designer. Have an idea of suggestion for the site? Contact Mike here

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Rescue Methods BGSU 2021 Rescue Tech Series

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Bowling Green State University State Fire School Certified Rescue Tech

These courses are NFPA compliant and covers all six disciplines of technical rescue operations. Students will utilize the latest and greatest equipment and will put learned skills to the test in intense hands-on scenarios.

General information on the Certified Rescue Technician Program.

Class Schedule

  • Rope Rescue Technician
  • Water Craft Ops / Swift Water Ops
  • Confined Space Technician
  • Vehicle & Machinery
  • Trench Rescue Technician
  • Structural Collapse Operations

Rescue Methods BGSU 2021 rescue tech series with structural collapse ops.

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Shoring after a vehicle collision into a house

Anywhere buildings and houses a found, a roadway is not far away.  Vehicles into a structure happen everywhere and make sure you know the shoring resources available from mutual aid or a technical rescue team.

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Vehicle into a porch

Anywhere buildings and houses a found, a roadway is not far away.  Vehicles into a structure happen everywhere and make sure you know the shoring resources available from mutual aid or a technical rescue team.

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National US&R Response System

6/30/2021

Currently, every Florida Urban Search and Rescue Task Force is deployed to the collapse of the Champlain Towers South.

Virginia Task Force-Two Activated to Florida – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has activated the Virginia Beach based Urban Search and Rescue Team, Virginia Task Force 2 (VATF2), to deploy to Surfside, Fla., to assist with the Surfside Condo collapse. VATF-2 USAR is one of 28 FEMA Urban Search and Rescue Teams positioned across the country. The Virginia Beach Fire Department is the sponsoring agency for VATF-2.

6/27/2021

Current Operations: The National US&R Response System has deployed the following resources at the request of the State of Florida/Region IV; 4 Structures Specialists (from VA- TF2 & VA-TF1) as single resources, and the Blue Incident Support Team Mission Ready Package-Command-IST (15 personnel) to support the management of search and rescue operations. The following three System resources have been issued Alert Orders as NIMS Type 1 US&R Task Forces VA-TF2, VA- TF1 & OH-TF1.

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Miami Dade Fire Rescue Dispatch & Initial Size-Up of the 12 Story Condominium Collapse on Miami Beach.

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