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Outside of the box Vehicle Extrication Training Scenario

The Rockville Volunteer Fire Department posted pictures on their Facebook page about an extrication training scenario that is truly outside of the box.

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Vehicle on a Roof Extrication

The Rockville Volunteer Fire Department posted pictures on their Facebook page about an extrication training scenario that is truly outside of the box.  Vehicle on vehicle on two different roofs.  If you were the first truck on scene and the picture below was what you had, what would be your plan of action?

Steps and Needs:

  • Resources – Need more equipment or people? Ask for assistance early.
  • Access – Ladders, Aerial truck, crew safety, etc
  • Stabilization – Do you have enough cribbing, struts, chains, ratchets, etc.
  • Suppression – Hose line charged.
  • Extrication Tools – Hydraulic tools, will the hoses reach? Hoisting tools.
  • Patient Removal – Patient from vehicle and patient from the roof.

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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 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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