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Tech Tip: 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 ….

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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.

Steering Wheel Displacement

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.Amkus-spreader-extended-tips-extrication

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.

Steering Wheel Displacement-Rescue-Days-Extrication

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.

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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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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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