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Stabilization and Space Creation

Take a look at the photos below and create a plan of attack.  This accident required some stabilization and was a great candidate for space creation. Comment in the Facebook comments for this post what your plan would be. Please only provide constructive input that everyone can learn from. No armchair quarterbacking please.

Below is the rundown of the call from dispatch to patient transfer to the air ambulance.

An early call that started as a reported structure fire was changed to an auto accident with fire and entrapment.  Crews arrived an found the fire had been extinguished. Utilizing rescue tools they began work to extricate occupants. As this work was happening chief 21 requested air medical. Crews then at this same time found another patient that had been ejected from the vehicle. Chief 21 then requested a second air medical helicopter.  While some crew remained at the scene engine 21, utility 21 and tanker 21 responded to the designated landing zone site an awaited the helicopters.

Photos by Seth Lasko Photography.  Make sure you take a look at his Facebook page for more fire service photography.

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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)

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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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