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Man vs. Machine Rescue Awareness

Machine rescue runs have new boundaries and every firefighter needs to understand many different techniques.

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Man vs. Machine Rescue

Man vs machine can happen in any city across the world and is not limited to large cities or industrial centers. Don’t get complacent and assume that it will never happen while you are on-duty.  Consider a teenager stuck in a full bucket toddler swing seat.  Do you know the steps to take get that patient out of the swing?  How about a person that has their leg stuck in a PVC drainage pipe in a yard during the winter in below freezing weather?  These are two of the incidents I personally ran on and several posts on Paul Hasenmeier’s website provided me with enough information in the full bucket swing ran.

However, I did learn several things during my incident.

Several things to think about:

  • Eliminate gravity from the equation. Bring the stretcher over patient can sit on it while you cut the chains.
  • We tried cutting the seat with bolt cutters, cable cutters, and wire cutters unsuccessfully.
  • Plan D, we moved the patient to the Rescue truck and used hydraulic cutters.  Not the best option, but it worked.
  • My department used the full bucket swing to find a handheld ratcheting cutter that cut thru it.  It’s now on the rescue.

Training

Below is a video link to the webcast of Man vs Machinery Incidents: Are You Prepared? presented by Mark Gregory, Lieutenant, Fire Department of New York.  Mark teaches his Man vs Machine HOT class at FDIC every year and is a must take class.  Mark is also a co-owner of P.L. Vulcan Fire Training.

Man vs. Machine Rescue Kit Examples

Below is an example a kit that All Hands Fire developed with PL Vulcan Fire Training Concepts.

Even a simple Google search for “Man in Machine Kit” can yield dozens of examples from department big and small.

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Online Resources

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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Machine Rescue and Heat

We are huge followers of the Spartan Rescue Inc. Facebook and the rescue props that Andrew Brassard designs and builds. If you are not following the Spartan Rescue Facebook you are missing out!!!

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Heat Transfer

We are huge followers of the Spartan Rescue Inc. Facebook and the rescue props that Andrew Brassard designs and builds.  If you are not following the Spartan Rescue Facebook you are missing out!!!

Spartan Rescue posted a few pictures from a machine rescue drill that shows how cutting tools create heat.  A thermal imaging camera is a readily available piece of equipment that can monitor the heat buildup during machinery rescue operations.

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Man in Machine Rescue

The Columbus Ohio Division of Fire posted this Man in Machine Rescue video that narrated by J.D. Vasbinder. J.D. provides great information on this machine rescue and walks thru the rescue.

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Man in Machine

The Columbus Ohio Division of Fire posted this Man in Machine Rescue video that JD Vasbinder narrates.  JD provides great information on this machine rescue by walking thru the rescue.  Please watch this video, it could help you save a life.  Also subscribe to the Columbus Ohio Division of Fire YouTube channel.

JD Vasbinder is a decorated veteran of the Fire service,  JD currently serves a large municipal department and is assigned to the In Charge position on a heavy rescue.  JD has particular expertise in RIT/FF Survival and Vehicle and Machinery Rescue as well as general fire ground operations and technical rescue operations.  JD is a dedicated educator and instructs personnel ranging from recruits to advanced rescue technicians.  He currently instructs for the OFA, CSU, BGSU, Howell Rescue, and Rescue Methods,

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Two Tools for Dash Displacements: Vehicle and Machinery Rescue Quick Tip

The example for this post will be a dash displacement so we will begin the discussion with the side of the vehicle already being removed.

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I have been evaluating extrication techniques for the last several months where I utilize two tools to simultaneously displace the desired portion of the vehicle. The example for this post will be a dash displacement so we will begin the discussion with the side of the vehicle already being removed.

Step One: Skin the fender and make full relief cuts on the structural fender rail between the suspension hub and the firewall. Then make a full relief cut on the A pillar between the rocker panel and the dash assembly. These two FULL relief cuts take all of the resistance out of the dash assembly and allow lifting and rolling with significantly faster results.

Step Two: Place a hydraulic ram into a roll position and begin the dash roll. The dash will move quickly and with little resistance because of the relief cuts. Have an additional rescuer place the spreader right at the A pillar relief cut and be ready to insert the tool into the cut as soon as the ram opens the cut up.

Step Three: Chase the ram with the spreader. This does two things. It captures the progress of the roll and it prepares the spreader to immediately take over and lift the dash as soon as the ram max’s out or

Step Four: Once the spreader takes over, the ram can be relocated in a more suitable placement for victim removal because the gap between the rocker and the dash assembly is now much larger. This allows the ram rescuer to place the ram in a more vertical application much closer to the A pillar and dash assembly. The ram can now back up the spreader and chase and immediately take over from the spreader when it max’s out or stops being effective. It is rare that this much dash displacement is required, but this technique has been proving itself to be a safer displacement with tremendous movement capacity.

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