Large Animal Rescue
Large animal rescues are another call that could happen almost anywhere. Large animals are transported on the highways and back roads increasing the chance that your department may respond to one. After Rescue Co. #1 (Lexington, KY) posted pictures of their tech rescue training of large animals, I did some searching around the old inter-web. First off, if you haven’t read the post on their Facebook page about their Large Animal Rescue training you can find it below:
Secondly, you should be following the Rescue Co. #1 page because they post a bunch of great content on training that can aid any department.
The Medicine Hat Firefighter, from Alberta, Canada posted about a unique large animal rescue than had. A horse in a trailer fell through the floor, with its rear legs becoming trapped between the pavement and the trailer.
Firefighters were called this morning to a Clydesdale horse that had fallen through the floor of it’s trailer while being transported. Firefighters used lifting bags, cribbing, and shoring equipment to lift and stabilize the trailer to allow the horse to stand up on its own, and give room for all four horses to exit the trailer.
For additional information, you can watch firefighters speak about horse rescue.
Trench Rescue Technician
Howell, Michigan is ground zero for trench rescue.
MUSAR has been providing technical rescue training since 1991. Their instructors come from the fire service and have real-life rescue experience. Based off many USAR folks that I talked to, Howell, Michigan is the place to go to stay on the leading edge with trench rescue. For the last several years a great friend from across the pond would travel to Michigan to take the latest trench rescue program from the Michigan Urban Search And Rescue Training Foundation. Irakli West from Heavy Rescue Germany is that friend.
Below are the photo summary of each day’s activities.
Trench Rescue Technician
MUSAR Trench Rescue Technician – Deep Trench 6m (90 Min), End wall raker
Trench Tuesday: The Paratech Strut
Strut quick tips!
Chief Buddy Martinette walks thru the basics of a Paratech Struts. For more information on the textbook in the video, checkout the third edition of Trench Rescue: Principles and Practice to NFPA 1006 and 1670.
Technical Rescue (Trench) – Tustin Sports Park
Here is an interesting look from several different views of a successful trench rescue back in April of 2016. The rescue took place by Orange County’s Fire Authority in Tustin, California. Below are several videos of the rescue. The lessons learned video provides a great resource for every fire department regardless if your department can handle a trench recuse or you rely regional or county tech recuse team.
The first video is from a Youtuber GregFromTheOC. The first 30 seconds of the video provides a brief description of the incident. The first six minutes is audio only of radio traffic with dead airtime removed. The Stokes basket is lowered at the 18 minute mark and is back with the victim at the surface at the video’s 20 minute mark.
Battalion 3 Chief Jeff Hoey reviews the lessons learns and presents scenarios based on this complicated trench rescue.