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Unique Head-on Collision

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Unique Head-on Collision

Based off the pictures from several news stories, the Bluffton Township Fire District responded to a unique head-on collision.  The accident would present challenges if it happened in the middle of the roadway.  This accident had the vehicles resting against the guard rail.  The truck was lifted to assist freeing the occupant in the sedan.


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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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Torch Work

Rotators for rescue


Rail accidents
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Low Angle Rescue

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Low Angle Rescue

Moving a patient up an embankment back to the roadway could be as simple as guiding them up. However, depending on the angle of the embankment, weather and soil conditions the safest method is with a stokes basket attached to a low angle rope hauling system. Paratech Monopod being used at a recent incident in Hunterdon County NJ.

 

Z-Drag

Another easy to rig low angle system is a Z-Drag.

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Stabilize, lift, and pull the vehicle out!

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Stabilize, lift, and pull the vehicle out!

Take a look at the training that Beaver Lane Fire Rescue held earlier in the summer. Under-ride accidents do not always happen with the trailer of a semi.  More pictures are being posted online of accidents where the tractor or front end of a large truck is on top of a passenger vehicle with someone trapped inside.

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