Steering Wheel Displacement
When an occupant is trapped in a vehicle typically only inches are required to free the occupant. Displacing the steering wheel with the spreaders is a quick and effective technique to free an occupant trapped by the steering wheel. Depending on the seating position and size of the patient, the spreaders may need to be opened enough to pivot around the driver’s leg. First off, always try to utilize the tilt adjustment i the vehicle is equipped with that feature. Always have a rescuer supporting the steering wheel because once the tilt feature in unlocked, the weight of the steering will fall onto the patient. Telescoping steering wheels can provide assistance if the enough travel is left in the steering wheel.
The arm length of the spreaders are important for this technique to work. Small spreaders with short arms may not have a large enough spread to catch the steering column and the rocker panel. Amkus developed larger, Extended Reach Tips that add an additional 8 inches of travel to their spreaders.
This technique is useful for an accident like an under-ride into a semi trailer or vehicle on vehicle. The steering column can be displaced without having to lift the dash. This could eliminate lifting the trailer to gain the space to lift the dash. If the steering hits the under-side of the trailer during displacement, consider cutting the steering wheel ring. Cutting the ring could add inches to your displacement.
I spent a weekend in 2014 in Germany at Rescue Days that the fine folks from Weber Rescue put on every year. (If you love extrication, put Rescue Days on your fire service bucket list of training) The image above and below are outside of the box techniques that are taught by Weber Rescue that are worth storing in your mental tool box.
Blue Collar Training Network
Great content and cutting edge training scenarios!
Blue Collar Training Network
If you are not following the Blue Collar Training Network on Facebook you are missing out on great content and cutting edge training scenarios. Take a look at the post below and other pictures that one of their instructors, Andrew Hale, posted on Facebook. Here’s another method to capture the suspension of a vehicle involved in an under-ride crash.
Northern Ohio FOOLS 14th annual Heavy Rescue 101
The Northern Ohio FOOLS hosted their 14th annual Heavy Rescue 101 this last weekend. This free event was full just 2-hours after the tickets were released online.
Northern Ohio FOOLS
The Northern Ohio FOOLS hosted their 14th annual Heavy Rescue 101 this last weekend. This free event was full just 2-hours after the tickets were released online. Volunteers, tool vendors, sponsors, and of course the students started to converge on the Huron County Fair grounds Friday evening for 3 presentations in a classroom setting.
Saturday morning the HOT part of this course started and students selected two different course tracks, basic or advanced. The basic class covered standard techniques common taught and used by rescuers around the world.
The advanced track was broken up into 5 different pits that covered side impacts, alternative methods, inverted vehicles, limited access crashes, and incidents involing a commerical truck.
The alternative methods station does not give hydraulic or electric cutters, spreaders, rams as tool options. It makes people think and use many tools that the vast majority of today’s firefighters are not familiar with operating. It shows that extrication work can be done without cutters and spreaders. It also demonstrates options that can be used in conjunction with extrication tools during complex extrications or limited extrication tool availability.
The pictures below is the “Batwing” at taught by by Steve Johnson, Mikey Torres, and Ron Whitaker
Inverted Vehicles (Cracking the egg)
The Alternative methods and Limited Access Pits were taught from a great group of brothers from First In-Last Out Fire Equipment & Training LLC.
Incidents involving a commercial trucks
Ratchet Strap Storage and Deployment (Triple R Method)
One tool in the rescue discipline that is important to store properly, ready for fast effective deployment is the ratchet strap. One method that satisfies both requirements is the Triple R Method.
Ratchet Strap Storage and Deployment
Triple R Method
One tool in the rescue discipline that is important to store properly, ready for fast effective deployment is the ratchet strap. One method that satisfies both requirements is the Triple R Method. I first ran across this technique on Iraki West’s Heavy Rescue Germany page. I included his video and also located a video in English below.
Here are a few pictures from the Heavy Rescue Germany that show the Triple R method in several different stages of storing the straps. The Heavy Rescue Germany site is written in German, if that is not your first language, the “Translate” button should pop up and you can quickly translate the entire website.
Here’s another method of storing ratchet straps from VentEnterSearch.com.