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Never saddle a dead horse!

The Associated Wire Rope Fabricators, INC Facebook is a great page for tech rescue personnel to follow. Below is a image that was posted on their Facebook page under the title “Never saddle a dead horse!”. The image explains how

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Never saddle a dead horse!

The Associated Wire Rope Fabricators, INC Facebook is a great page for tech rescue personnel to follow.  Below is a image that was posted on their Facebook page under the title “Never saddle a dead horse!”.  The image explains how U-Bolt Saddle Clamps should be used on wire rope.

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TECH TIP: Shorten the Strap

Often on side resting vehicles, once a strut is placed the fixed end of the ratchet strap is too long to tighten the strut.

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Ratchet Strap Handle

Often on side resting vehicles, once a strut is placed the fixed end of the ratchet strap is too long to tighten the strut. First off, if you are using a cluster hook set, use the smallest hook possible. Secondly, if possible use the hook on the fixed end of the ratchet strap. Finally, you can gain approximately 6 inches of space by folding the fixed end strap in half and attaching the hook on the handle as shown in the picture below.Rachet-Strap-Webbing-Handle-Side

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Tire Deflation Challenges – Stabilization

Vehicle stabilization at an accident scene is an important step in patient removal from a vehicle. Movement of the vehicle needs to be

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Stabilization

Vehicle stabilization at an accident scene is an important step in patient removal from a vehicle. Movement of the vehicle needs to be eliminated and for a vehicle with all 4 tires on the pavement this is often achieved with cribbing the rocker panel and removing the air from the tire.

Removing the Air

The air pressure can be removed from the tires with multiple methods.  Two methods that are smooth and fast include pulling the valve stem out of the rim or cutting the valve stem.  Many late model vehicles are equipped with a tire pressure monitoring system can prevent pulling the valve stem. These systems have an integral transmitter attached to the value stem inside of the wheel.  Snapping the valve stem with pliers or removing the valve cap and Schrader valve will release the air in the tire.

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Integrated pressure transmitter attached to the valve stem inside the wheel.

Low Profile

Some vehicles have low profile tires that have a small sidewall of the tire.  This can cause an issue during vehicle stabilization when tires are deflated. The small height of the sidewall of a low profile tire provides less room for the tire to collapse without air.

Different Tire Side Wall Heights

Different Tire Side Wall Heights

Run flat tires can also limit the collapse of the side wall.  For more on run flat tires, checkout the post: Run Flat Tires – Stabilization

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Motor City Monday Extrication Tip; High voltage system deactivation

Automakers make Emergency Responder Guides for hybrid and electric vehicles that explain step by step who to deactivate the high voltage system. When the airbags are deployed in an accident the high voltage system is automatically deactivated (de-energized).

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High Voltage System Deactivation

Automakers make Emergency Responder Guides for hybrid and electric vehicles that explain step by step who to deactivate the high voltage system. When the airbags are deployed in an accident the high voltage system is automatically deactivated (de-energized).
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Deactivate the high voltage system – at the rear of the vehicle

Take plug for high voltage disconnect (1) out of the holder. Press plug disconnect fuse (2) downwards and pull it out. Pull plug for high voltage disconnect apart in the direction indicated by the arrow.

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Deactivate the high voltage system – at the front of the vehicle

Cut through cable (1) for the high voltage disconnect (cutting solution). The high voltage system is deactivated.

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You can download the complete Emergency Response Guide with this link:

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