The Griphoist (The Elves Inside)
The Griphoist is a powerful tool that many rescue trucks carry around the world. However, when someone asks how it works often the answer is magic. Even “magic elves” inside working away. Here is a cutaway of a Griphoist that is at a dealer in Ohio named Torqhoist. Thanks to Brian Harting for the photos.
Strut Storage (Germany)
Here’s a look at how on fire department in Germany store’s their Paratech equipment.
Large Animal Rescue
Large Animal Rescue can happen anywhere. Police horses are commonly used all over the United States for many different events.
Large Animal Rescue
Many departments may believe that their response areas are not rural so a Large Animal Rescue (LAR) call may never happen. However, large animals are transported throughout the country in urban, suburban, and rural areas. This doesn’t mean that every department needs to run out purchase all the LAR equipment and send all their personnel tech training. It means you should have an awareness level of large animals, the trailers they are transported in, and the equipment used in LAR.
Technical Large Animal Emergency Rescue (TLAER TM)
Below is the mission statement of the Technical Large Animal Emergency Rescue:
TLAER, Inc. works to provide education and outreach nationwide and internationally for emergency responders (whether local, state or organizational) in safer and more efficient ways to prevent prepare and respond to large animal incidents on our highways, communities and facilities, based on cutting-edge research and development.
TLAER courses are offered at the Awareness level (interested personnel from all organizations and response levels,) Operations level (hands-on, intense training events with live horses intended for live responders,) and Technician level (for USAR teams only.)
- Becker Sling
- The glide mat system
- Technical Large Animal Emergency Rescue (Website)
- Technical Large Animal Emergency Rescue (Facebook Page)
- Understanding the Horse Trailer Rig
- Häst Large Animal Rescue Equipment
LAR News Articles
- Medicine Hat firefighters over the weekend helped save a Clydesdale horse
- Lexington police horse rescued after leg trapped in open utility hole
Updated LAR Rescue:
The Facebook post below is from a Large Animal Rescue where the hind leg of the horse was stuck in a hole.
Drones and Tech Rescue
Drones started showing on fire scene providing a great over view of a incident. Now drones have found a use in the fire service outside of the overhead observer. Drones can be equipment with a payload deployment system that can drop items to victims to aid in their rescue and safety. For example, Drones can drop a life vest or a harness to a victim. The folks at Fire Cam have a drone that you can add the Inspire Payload Drop System (Stork) to deliver equipment.
Search and Rescue (SAR) can you drones as an aerial search platform for ongoing Search and Rescue operations at a lower cost than traditional aerials operations. Keep in mind, training with drones will be important to get the full benefit. The biggest benefit for SAR is the use of thermal imaging cameras on drones for SAR and suspect recovery.