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Vehicle Extrication with a Twist

Vehicle into a building is an accident that can happen in any city or town. The Ohio Region 2 USAR posted the information below and allowed us to share it. Please make sure you stop by their Facebook page and give them a like. Their Facebook page is packed with great pictures that can be used for training.

At approximately 3AM on 11/19/2016 the Maple Heights Fire Department had a car run in to a house with two victims heavily trapped and severe structural compromise. Initial on scene crews utilized a back tie for the vehicle and rescue struts to support a damaged I beam, and support the front of the vehicle. Multiple crews worked during the prolonged Extrication. Ohio Region 2 USAR was called to assist the Hillcrest Technical Rescue Team (HTRT) and Heights Area Special Rescue Team (HASRT) for structural triage and shoring operations. After consulting with the teams engineer a temporary 2 post, (2) 3 post vertical shores and (2) 2 post vertical shores were constructed. The car was removed without incident.

 

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Below are pictures of the damaged home and shoring that the Ohio Region 2 USAR Team completed.

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Shoring

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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Building Collapse

Surfside Building Collapse

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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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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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