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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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Delivery Truck Into a Home

The type of call that can happen anywhere at anytime.  It can be an impaired driver or a complete accident. Either way, it can happen and we need a plan to stabilize the structure especially if any occupants are trapped in the vehicle and/or the structure.

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Vehicle into a Structure

The type of call that can happen anywhere at anytime.  It can be an impaired driver or a complete accident. Either way, it can happen and we need a plan to stabilize the structure especially if any occupants are trapped in the vehicle and/or the structure. Do you have the right equipment to shore the structure? If not, who around you does and what’s their equipment cache and staffing levels for USAR type calls?

Here’s a few pictures that the Middlesex County Urban Search and Rescue Team posted on their Facebook page of a delivery truck that crashed into an occupied structure.

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Paratech Virtual Workshop: Trench Advanced

Checkout the advanced trench presentation by leading industry experts. It kicks off with Paratech’s Nigel Letherby followed by MUSAR’s Chief Ron Zawlocki and professional civil engineer Craig Dashner.

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Paratech Virtual Workshop: Trench Advanced

Below is a great advanced trench presentation by leading industry experts. It kicks off with Paratech’s Nigel Letherby followed by MUSAR’s Chief Ron Zawlocki and professional civil engineer Craig Dashner. Craig works closely with Chief Zawlocki to bring the fire service real world knowledge to keep everyone on scene safe. Below is a description off his Linkedin profile of some of the work that he does with the fire service.

 I also volunteer my time working with a Ron Zawloki, a Fire Department Instructor, on the development and refinement of Trench Rescue Shoring Standards. So much of what has been taught to the fire service throughout the years was never reviewed by an Engineer, or was poorly designed, and much of it is a false sense of security and down right dangerous. Working with Ron, we are developing shoring systems that can be deployed rapidly, be flexible to different conditions and provide adequate safety for the victim and rescuers.


Make sure you checkout the full list of different videos available on the Paratech YouTube channel.

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Automobile into a Building

Take a look at the vehicle into a building in the Mile High City of Denver. 

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Automobile into a Building

Take a look at the vehicle into a building in the Mile High City of Denver.  The Denver Fire Department posted a recent run on their Facebook Page where a vehicle crashed into in a building.  That building required shoring with Paratech struts.

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