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As a kid I learned early on that when your dad asked you to get a tool from the toolbox you better return with what he asked for. In the fire service, that principal has remained the same. If an officer asks you to grab the irons you better have the irons in your hand. What if you ask someone to grab the Vise Grips out of the toolbox? Will you get the tool that you wanted?
 Which tool would you get? 

Did you get what you asked for?  Here’s why confession can exist with tool names.  Are you asking for a brand name or tool name?  The line between the two can be confusing.  In the United States and Canada the adjustable wrench is commonly referred to as a “crescent wrench” due to the widespread Crescent brand of adjustable wrenches.  Tongue-and-groove pliers are commonly known as Channellocks but many different manufacturers make that style of pliers.

What about a crowbar?  Some know that tool as a wrecking bar, pry bar, or jimmy bar.  Further confusion could happen from asking for a hammer? What type of hammer do you need?  A claw hammer, framing hammer, or did you mean a mallets or dead blow hammer?

This confusion also exists with some power tools. The term reciprocating saw is commonly known as a Sawzall which is a trademark of the Milwaukee Tool Company.  The take away is to work with your crew that everyone knows the tools by the same name.

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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2022 Ford Maverick: Vehicle-Specific Body Structure

The 2022 Ford Maverick loaned to the Hurst folks was the star of the extrication show at FDIC. The Maverick was no match for the Hurst tools and

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Ford Maverick

The 2022 Ford Maverick loaned to the Hurst folks was the star of the extrication show at FDIC. The Maverick was no match for the Hurst tools and the man that makes these vehicles available, Dennis Lark, was pleased with the destruction. The Maverick is available as an ICE (Internal Combustion Engine) vehicle and an FHEV (Full Hybrid Electric Vehicle). Below is an image from Ford’s 2022 Maverick Hybrid Emergency Response Guide.

Boron Extrication

If you notice, the Hybrid battery pack is on the passenger (RHS) of the vehicle. If you take a look at the image below, you can see the rocker on the RHS is reinforced to protect the battery pack. You can find more information about the different steels used in the rockers and floor pan here.

A-Pillar (Hurst Booth FDIC 2022)

FORD Maverick

Photos by Chief Toranze Lee

B-Pillar (Hurst Booth FDIC 2022)

Photos by Chief Toranze Lee

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Object on a Vehicle

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An object on a Vehicle

A simple training scenario that only requires a vehicle (that you do not need to cut, yet) and an object to lift. Great objects include large tree sections, utility poles, and concrete pipes. These objects can be easily found in most cities, maybe even in your Department of Public Works yard.

Take a look at the scenario that Connecticut Custom Fire Training LLC. put together a month ago at one of their training classes.

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York County Vehicle Technician Class 2021

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York County Vehicle Technician Class 2021

Take a look at the York County Vehicle Technician Class 2021. It’s a 24-hour Vehicle Rescue Technician program that includes classroom and practical training which applies to those incidents where commercial or heavy vehicles are involved, complex extrication processes will have to be applied, or multiple uncommon concurrent hazards are present, or that involve heavy machinery or more than digital entrapment of a victim. Emphasis will be placed on heavy vehicle lifting and stabilization, utilization of heavy towing and recovery services, and complex patient packaging and removal techniques.

Pictures (by John E. Burruss)

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