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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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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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