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News Broadcast Truck

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Broadcast Truck

The roads are no stranger to unique vehicles. One unique vehicle is a broadcast or news truck.  As firefighters, we have a keen sense to notice a news truck on scene of an incident. Usually it is setup a colleague to get recorded and put on the local news so they must buy lunch or dinner. However, news trucks have a substantial amount of weight added in unusual locations.

I wanted to learn a little more about the weight of these vehicles that are out on the road so I contacted Rolltechs Specialty Vehicles and received some information  from Tony Beigel.  Rolltechs Specialty Vehicles starts with a factory vehicle like a Mercedes Sprinter or a Ford Transit.  Equipment like Flooring, mast, on-board generator, cabinets/work stations, air conditioners, and the AV equipment.  Once the company up-fits the vehicles the final weight is close to the GVWR ratings.  A good estimate of the added weight is 3000 lbs. Keep in mind that this includes:  Flooring, some sort of mast, an on-board generator, cabinets/work stations, Air Conditioners, and then the AV equipment.  So a good idea of that weight would be around 3000 lbs. The Gens themselves are around 800 lbs. I am excluding any passengers.

Below are pictures from the Crunch Time Extrication Learning Symposium several years ago.  One of the vehicles available for training was an old Econoline news van.  Even with much of the equipment removed, the reinforcements left added weight in the rear of the van the affected the center of gravity.

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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Chicagoland Heavy Rescue Academy

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Chicagoland Heavy Rescue Academy

The Chicago Heavy Rescue Academy is an annual training event held in Orland Park, IL.  It is two days packed full of advanced rescue training that includes Heavy lifting, Torch work, moving vehicles, rotators use, rail accidents, and stabilization.

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Torch Work

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Low Angle Rescue

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Low Angle Rescue

Moving a patient up an embankment back to the roadway could be as simple as guiding them up. However, depending on the angle of the embankment, weather and soil conditions the safest method is with a stokes basket attached to a low angle rope hauling system. Paratech Monopod being used at a recent incident in Hunterdon County NJ.

 

Z-Drag

Another easy to rig low angle system is a Z-Drag.

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Unique Head-on Collision

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Unique Head-on Collision

Based off the pictures from several news stories, the Bluffton Township Fire District responded to a unique head-on collision.  The accident would present challenges if it happened in the middle of the roadway.  This accident had the vehicles resting against the guard rail.  The truck was lifted to assist freeing the occupant in the sedan.


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