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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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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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Large Animal Rescue

Working with their past experince, the Patterson Fire Department’s completed their 4th horse rescue in the past several years.

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Horse Rescue

Per the post from the Patterson Fire Department’s Facebook page:

At 0732, 25th of August 2021, the Patterson fire department was dispatched for a public assist to a local farm. Patterson’s heavy rescue, 22-6-1, arrived on scene and found a 31-year-old male horse, named “Dozer”, in distress. He had apparently fallen and managed to get himself stuck between a rock and a fence line. At first, the crew attempted to assist the horse in getting up by shifting his position. It became apparent that additional equipment was going to be needed to help Dozer out since he had become too exhausted to get up on his own. After some discussion, it was established that the best plan of action was to use a Paratech bipod system. It would be used as an artificial high directional with TU-32 griphoist’s assistance to lift the horse up. With a lot of sweat and effort, the crew was able to lift the horse up onto his feet. After some much-needed fluids and rest, we were happy to see Dozer trot away, unassisted.

An interesting fact, this is Patterson Fire Department’s 4th horse rescue in the past several years, all with successful outcomes.

Photos below from Andrew Akin

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Rescue Methods BGSU 2021 Rescue Tech Series

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Bowling Green State University State Fire School Certified Rescue Tech

These courses are NFPA compliant and covers all six disciplines of technical rescue operations. Students will utilize the latest and greatest equipment and will put learned skills to the test in intense hands-on scenarios.

General information on the Certified Rescue Technician Program.

Class Schedule

  • Rope Rescue Technician
  • Water Craft Ops / Swift Water Ops
  • Confined Space Technician
  • Vehicle & Machinery
  • Trench Rescue Technician
  • Structural Collapse Operations

Rescue Methods BGSU 2021 rescue tech series with structural collapse ops.

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