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Extrication: Dash Lift Vs Dash Roll Vs Plan C

When was the last time you drilled on a dash roll during extrication training? Not a dash lift, a dash roll? Take a look at the picture below. Yes…. I know it’s a crash test but several important training take aways from the picture. You are looking at an overlap test which is a frontal crash which is the most common type of crash resulting in fatalities.

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When was the last time you drilled on a dash roll during extrication training? Not a dash lift, a dash roll? Take a look at the picture below. Yes…. I know it’s a crash test but several important training take aways from the picture. You are looking at an overlap test which is a frontal crash which is the most common type of crash resulting in fatalities.

The next picture is once you arrived on scene, started the extrication, removed the driver door and you quickly realize that the dash lift you have drilled over and over is not an option. Time for Plan B. However, even a dash roll may not be the best technique. I hope the thought of space creation pops into your mind. Maybe use the ram to push the dash off the patient. Work the metal back into the opening that the driver used to get into the vehicle. Extrication techniques are not like riding a bike. We need to train on several different methods to accomplish a desired result.

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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.

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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.

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West Metro Fire Rescue Vehicle Extrication

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West Metro Fire Rescue

West Metro Fire Rescue posted several pictures from a vehicle accident that required several rescue discipline to free a trapped occupant. Around 11:30pm on a Saturday night, firefighters with Engine 2, Tower 2, Engine 6, Medic 3, District 2 Chief and SAM 1 responded to a rollover crash on east bound 6th Avenue. The driver, who was not wearing a seatbelt, was pinned, with one leg through the sunroof. The crews used high pressure airbags to lift the vehicle and stabilized it with struts to extricate the patient, who had serious injuries.

One benefit with struts that use anchor loops that move independently from the base plate is the ratchet strap anchor point will pull the base plate off the ground. This allows the base plate to remain flat on the surface especially when the strap anchor point on vehicle tightens up the angle on the tension buttress.

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Lifting pocket rigging card

This training resource covers rigging fundamentals through a series of self-paced lessons that explain the Crosby User’s Guide for Lifting pocket rigging card. Each topic includes a video that covers one of the panels on the rigging card

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Online Rigging Training

This training resource covers rigging fundamentals through a series of self-paced lessons that explain the Crosby User’s Guide for Lifting pocket rigging card. Each topic includes a video that covers one of the panels on the rigging card. After you complete each topic, you will have the opportunity to take the corresponding quiz and test your knowledge. You can view the introduction and instruction video below to learn more about the Course.  The course is only $15 and the Crosby User’s Guide for Lifting pocket rigging card is only $5 on Amazon.

User’s Guide For Lifting

  • Panel 1: Risk Management & Terminology
  • Panel 2: The Basic Rigging Plan
  • Panel 3: Inspection of Rigging Hardware
  • Panel 4: Inspection of Slings
  • Panels 5 & 5A: Wire Rope Capacities (EIP & EEIP)
  • Panel 6: Wire Rope Sling Connections & Hitches
  • Panels 7 & 7A: Chain Sling Capacities, Connections & Hitches
  • Panel 8: Crosby
  • Panel 9: Synthetic Web & Round Slings
  • Panel 10: C.O.G. / Weights & Measures
  • Panel 11: Sling Angles
  • Panel 12: Shackles & Hoist Hooks
  • Panel 13: Links, Rings and Turnbuckles
  • Panel 14: Eye Bolts & Hoist Rings
  • Panel 15: Operating Practices & Load Control
  • Panel 16: Wire Rope Clips
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