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Below are two separate incidents where a vehicle went into the building and the building required shoring. The York County Advanced Technical Rescue Team gave us permission to use the photos below.

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Vehicle into Building

Below are two separate incidents where a vehicle went into the building and the building required shoring.  The York County Advanced Technical Rescue Team gave us permission to use the photos below.

Sunday, October 11, 2015 Today at 1600, ATR units were dispatched to the area of Mountain Road and Mill Road in Adams County as the RIT for a working structural collapse incident. While enroute, units were notified that a vehicle had struck a stone barn, entering on the second floor and falling forward through the floor into the basement area. First arriving units quickly recognized the need for shoring before a safe extrication of the trapped patient could begin. Cumberland County Technical Rescue was already on scene beginning shoring operations when YCATR units arrived to support them and provide additional manpower. As the technical rescue teams completed shoring, fire department units were able to begin extricating the patient. Due to the unique angle of the vehicle, position of the patient and time needed for shoring, the rescue operation lasted for an extended period. Teams used Paratech shores and some existing lumber in the barn for shoring. Once the patient was extricated, Hershey Life Lion transported the patient to the hospital for treatment of injuries. YCATR units returned to service at 2100.

Wednesday May 9th at 05:24 when ATR crews were placed on standby by Captain 23, who also requested a ATR Duty Officer to respond to assist with a building evaluation in Manchester Borough for another report of a vehicle into a structure. Upon arrival, ATR 1 (Sanford) determined the building would need to be shored and supported before removing the vehicle which had severely compromised the front and left side of a two story brick office building. Crews from stations 9 and 46 responded with apparatus, leaving stations 36 and 61 in reserve. On scene crews used Paratech Struts and lumber to build a support for the front portion of the building; allowing the vehicle to be safely removed.

 

 

 

York County Advanced Technical Rescue Team

The York County Advanced Technical Rescue Team was formed in the 1990’s as an approach to technical rescues in York County, Pennsylvania.  The team is comprised of four companies: Hanover Fire Department (46), Dover Township Fire Company (9), Yoe Fire Company (36) , and Shrewsbury Volunteer Fire Company (61).

The York County ATR Team trains yearly in the following disciplines:

  • Building Collapse
  • Confined Space Rescue
  • Trench Rescue
  • Rope and High Angle Rescue
  • Water Rescue (Swift and Flood)
  • Surface Ice Rescue (Single and Multiple Patients)

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Vehicle into a building (Ohio Region 2 USAR)

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.

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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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Vehicle in a Building Extrication

Buildings are located next to roads all over the world. Here’s an extrication that the Central VFC of Elizabeth Township responded to.

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Central VFC of Elizabeth Township

Thanks to the Central VFC of Elizabeth Township for sending us the pictures and narrative written by Lieutenant Randy Hoke.  At 0136 hours on August 14, 2016, all 147 personnel were dispatched to 1501 Lovedale Rd. (Bella’s Upholstery) in Lincoln Boro to assist with a vehicle into a structure. 147 Rescue and 147 Attack went enroute to the scene. Upon arrival on scene, personnel from 147 Rescue confirmed one vehicle into a structure with entrapment. On scene personnel shored the structure before accessing the patient compartment. On scene personnel then removed the rear section of the roof with the O-Cutters, at the B & C posts, as well as both rear doors. Due to the power seat, the driver’s seat back was also removed via an electric sawzall. The patient was then extricated from the vehicle and turned over to on scene EMS. After extrication, secondary hazards were mitigated to safely remove the vehicle from the structure upon the arrival of the tow company. Upon the removal of the vehicle, 1800-Boardup secured the structure with their own equipment. At 0425 hours, all 147 equipment and personnel were clear of the scene.

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Building Collapse Classroom Props

The fire service is a global business. Products, training, etc comes from all corners of the world and are not limited by distance or language barriers. Here’s a great example. I ran across a picture on Facebook and after a little digging I found where the pictures came from. Deputy Chief Ulysses Aurelio from Bombeiros Sapadores de Setúbal in Portugal.

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The fire service is a global business. Products, training, etc comes from all corners of the world and are not limited by distance or language barriers.  Here’s a great example.  I ran across a picture on Facebook and after a little digging I found where the pictures came from. Deputy Chief Ulysses Aurelio from Bombeiros Sapadores de Setúbal in Portugal.

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