News 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.
Traditional Side slide
In the pictures below, Randy Schmitz from the Calgary Fire Department and Schmitz Mittz runs through a Traditional side slide with a training class. This is a great technique for a trapped occupant in a side resting vehicle with the roof against a Jersey barrier.
Below are a couple videos that demonstrate the using different tools to move the vehicle.
Horse Rescue (Dover Fire Dept.)
The Dover Fire Dept. posted a large animal rescue on March 27th. Below is the statement the department posted along with a bunch of photos from the rescue. A drone was also in the air during the rescue by the State Fire School and we are trying to locate that video. Strong work by the Dover Fire Department and all others who assisted!
From the Dover Fire Dept. Facebook page:
This afternoon around 3:00 pm, the Dover Fire Dept was alerted for a horse stuck in the mud at a farm on Nault Rd. The Large Animal Rescue Team as well as the Kent County Special Operations Team was immediately requested. Initial units on scene found a large draft horse partially submerged in the mud. The farmer relayed the animal had been in the mud for approximately 30 minutes. An equine veterinarian was also requested. As specialized units arrived on scene, the area around the animal was shored to provide a work area. Special equipment was utilized to lift the animal and place shoring underneath. After an almost two hour ordeal, the animal was able to walk out of the pasture under its own power. Special thanks go out to all the members of the Special Ops and Large Animal Rescue Teams. They were paramount in the successful outcome of this rescue. We would also like to thank the Brenford Animal Hospital P A for their response to the scene. It was later reported by the Vet that the horse was finally warm and resting comfortably and was expected to make a full recovery.