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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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Advanced Heavy Rescue Symposium 2019

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Below are several posts about the Alberta Vehicle Extrication Association’s 2019 Advanced Heavy Rescue Symposium. Please make sure you follow these great rescue focused Facebook pages.


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Heavy Stabilization & Lift Class 

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Heavy Stabilization & Lift Class

Below are some pictures from a Heavy Stabilization & Lift Class that the World Famous SVI Trucks built Beaver Lane Volunteer Rescue and Fire Department was part of.

Here are more pictures that Premier Extrication posted on their Facebook page.  Make sure you are following Premier Extrication because the man behind that page, Toot (AKA Toranze Lee), is a wealth of knowledge and is always trying outside the box techniques!

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A different spin on Cracking the Egg

Cracking the Egg has its’ share of fans and critics.  Just remember training provides us with memory markers that we

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Cracking the Egg

The technique known as “Cracking the Egg” is interesting to method to gain patient access of a roof resting vehicle.  The video below from The Rescue Boss Facebook page replaces the cribbing that is normally used with a short Paratech strut.  Watch how the strut pivots art the base plate as the rear of the vehicle is lifted.

Cracking the Egg has its’ share of fans and critics.  Just remember training provides us with memory markers that we can draw from down the road and often use bits and pieces from different techniques during difficult or challenging rescues.

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