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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 Structure

Here’s another example how often a vehicle into a structure will require shoring.

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Central Volunteer Fire Company of Elizabeth Township

Here’s another example how often a vehicle into a structure will require shoring. Central Volunteer Fire Company of Elizabeth Township responded in Rescue 147 for an unoccupied vehicle into a structure. Upon arrival, crews on reported significant damage to a garage. Rescue 147 deployed their Paratech Rescue Struts to provide stabilization to the garage.

Want to learn more about their rig? Checkout our post a while back that walks you thru it here.

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Tractor Trailer in a house with occupants trapped

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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.

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Vehicle into a Building (Shoring)

Social Media is a great method to show the public we serve the diverse nature of the skills today’s firefighter have. Take a look at the at the vehicle into a building and the shoring/stabilization that was posted on the Twitter page of Somerset Fire/Rescue.

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Paratech Shoring

Social Media is a great method to show the public we serve the diverse nature of the skills today’s firefighter have. Take a look at the at the vehicle into a building and the shoring/stabilization that was posted on the Twitter page of Somerset Fire/Rescue.

 


However, if you look further into their Twitter feed you can see they train on shoring with their Paratech Struts.

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