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Seat Airbags

Airbags in seats are not a new safety item in vehicles. However, multiple seat-back mounted airbags are newer. General Motors introduced the center seat airbag in the GMC Acadia several years after the launch of that vehicle.

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Seat-back Airbags

Airbags in seats are not a new safety item in vehicles. However, multiple seat-back mounted airbags are newer.  General Motors introduced the center seat airbag in the GMC Acadia several years after the launch of that vehicle.  While several other vehicles that GM makes have the center seat airbag, the airbag is not widely used across all vehicles yet.

From a rescuers perspective, anytime the seat back is cut, you need to remove the trim cover and the foam to expose the location of the store gas inflator and the recliner. Two important points to remember, more than one airbag can be found in a single seat and the recliner is made of think, hardened high-strength steel. in a one seat is General Motors added a center airbag to the driver front seat

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The center seat airbags stays inflated just like the roof/side curtain airbags. You can read more about the GMC Acadia on Boron Extrication. Here are a few links:

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Shoring

Paratech Virtual Workshop: Trench Advanced

Checkout the advanced trench presentation by leading industry experts. It kicks off with Paratech’s Nigel Letherby followed by MUSAR’s Chief Ron Zawlocki and professional civil engineer Craig Dashner.

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Paratech Virtual Workshop: Trench Advanced

Below is a great advanced trench presentation by leading industry experts. It kicks off with Paratech’s Nigel Letherby followed by MUSAR’s Chief Ron Zawlocki and professional civil engineer Craig Dashner. Craig works closely with Chief Zawlocki to bring the fire service real world knowledge to keep everyone on scene safe. Below is a description off his Linkedin profile of some of the work that he does with the fire service.

 I also volunteer my time working with a Ron Zawloki, a Fire Department Instructor, on the development and refinement of Trench Rescue Shoring Standards. So much of what has been taught to the fire service throughout the years was never reviewed by an Engineer, or was poorly designed, and much of it is a false sense of security and down right dangerous. Working with Ron, we are developing shoring systems that can be deployed rapidly, be flexible to different conditions and provide adequate safety for the victim and rescuers.


Make sure you checkout the full list of different videos available on the Paratech YouTube channel.

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Hunterdon County Emergency Services Training Center Trench Training

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Trench Rescue Training

Hunterdon County Emergency Services Training Center held their (HCEST) Trench Operations class in November 2020. Students completed four 8′ deep straight wall trenches – rapid six panel set, void shoring trench (buttress shore, back shore, air cushions, cribbing), lifting operation with Paratech inside wales, and digging operation with 1/4 panels as supplemental shores.

 

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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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