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Motor City Monday Extrication Tip; Side Curtain Airbags

Side-Curtain-Air-BagsEver wonder why you arrived on scene of a motor vehicle accident and the side windows are blocked by a inflated deployed airbag?  Vehicle inflatable curtains airbags generally fall into two main categories.  The first is designed to absorb the energy of a direct side impact called “First Impact”. The second type of curtain is designed to retain the pressure and is able to provide energy absorption up to several seconds in rollovers and in case of second impact.  This second type of airbag retains pressure which when used in a vehicle, meet the NHTSA’s requirements for ejection mitigation in rollover accidents.

Side airbag curtain can covers the entire upper part of a vehicle’s side.  Basically anywhere a passenger is seated next to a side window. It can be designed to protect one row (A to B pillar), 2 rows (A to C pillar) or 3 rows (A to D pillar) of occupants.  In case of large passenger vans like the Ford Transit, a single side curtain airbag can cover all five rows of seating with a single bag.  For more information of the Ford Transit large side curtain airbag inflated by 2 stored gas inflators read my post on Boron Extrication.

 

Moditech Crash Recovery System

This screenshot from Moditech’s Crash Recovery System highlights the Side Curtain Airbags and the stored gas inflator.

 

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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