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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.)

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Drones and Tech Rescue

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Inspire_with_Skyzmir_Stork_Payload_Life_jacket_Fire-camDrones 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.

 

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Cribbing from West Hollywood

One of my favorite things about Facebook is how quick a great idea can be shared and used by others. A great example is a post by Trevor Williams from LACoFD Station 8 in West Hollywood, California.

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One of my favorite things about Facebook is how quick a great idea can be shared and used by others. A great example is a post by Trevor Williams from LACoFD Station 8 in West Hollywood, California.  Trevor posted on the Facebook group Truck Floor Training a few pictures of the some cribbing that was placed into service on their rig. Tim Brozo Brozoskie from Rescue Co 1 at Baltimore City Fire Dept. also shared it on the Facebook group Rescue Co.

The type of wood is Douglas Fir – Grade A.  In case you were wondering about the branding, see below:

“I wanted to brand the cribbing in order to orient the wood against its natural desire to crack. All the wood is at it’s strongest when the ? or “LACoFD” are facing up which puts compression on it to hold it together instead of causing it to split.” Trevor Williams

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Take note of the oversized carabiner connects 16 pieces of cribbing together so one person can easily grab and go!

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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.

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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.

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