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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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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)

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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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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Tree into house Rescue

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Tree into house Rescue

The statement below was posted on the Puget Sound Fire Facebook page. The event took place on the morning of February 23rd, 2020. This type of incident could happen anywhere at any time.  Pay close attention to the number of rescue units required to bring enough resources.

Units were dispatched with King County Medic One to an aid call for a tree that had fallen into a house and trapped the reporting party in the 22200 block of 196 Ave SE in unincorporated King County/Fire Dist. 43. First arriving crews found the patient trapped under a large tree that had fallen thru the middle of a six-unit two story apartment building. The tree was thru the second story and had pinned a man in his 60’s who had been sleeping on his couch in the living room. The patient was conscious and pinned across the torso area.

Due to the nature of the call and the complexity of the extrication a Zone 3 (South King County) rescue response was requested to bring specialized equipment and trained technicians to the incident. Seattle Fire Department was also requested to provide additional rescue resources.

The patient was treated in place while the tree and structure were stabilized. The patient was able to be extricated from underneath the tree and was transported by Medic One in critical but stable condition approx. one hour and 40 minutes after the initial dispatch.

Unique incidents like this require a large response to gather the resources necessary. Multiple agencies respond together to provide the best response to the community. In this incident a total of 14 units responded including Puget Sound Fire, South King Fire and Rescue, King County Fire Dis 2, Seattle Fire, King County Medic One, and Zone 3 fire rehab.

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