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Paratech Virtual Workshop: Trench Advanced

Below is a great advanced trench presentation by leading industry experts. It kicks off with Paratech’s Nigel Letherby followed by MUSAR’s Chief Ron Zawlocki and professional civil engineer Craig Dashner. Craig works closely with Chief Zawlocki to bring the fire service real world knowledge to keep everyone on scene safe. Below is a description off his Linkedin profile of some of the work that he does with the fire service.

 I also volunteer my time working with a Ron Zawloki, a Fire Department Instructor, on the development and refinement of Trench Rescue Shoring Standards. So much of what has been taught to the fire service throughout the years was never reviewed by an Engineer, or was poorly designed, and much of it is a false sense of security and down right dangerous. Working with Ron, we are developing shoring systems that can be deployed rapidly, be flexible to different conditions and provide adequate safety for the victim and rescuers.


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Vehicle into Pizza Hut

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Toledo Fire & Rescue Department

Earlier this afternoon, Toledo Fire crews including USAR 1 and USAR 2 responded to the 3400 block of Secor Rd for a reported car into a building. One vehicle traveled across a corner lot and struck the SE corner of a Pizza Hut restaurant. Two adults were treated at the scene for non-life-threatening injuries and transported to a local ER for further evaluation.

Toledo Fire Technical Rescue crews initially placed a Paratech strut, then replaced it with a wooden spot shore to stabilize the corner of the building before releasing it back to the owner. No additional injuries were reported. #toledofire #toledofirefighters #techrescue

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Vehicle into Structure

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Vehicle into Structure

Initial reports advised of a vehicle into the Grampian Post Office with the individual possibly trapped in the vehicle. Crews used s

truts to stabilize the structural members of the building.

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Vehicle Into a House (Toledo, OH)

In October of 2021, Toledo Fire & Rescue was dispatched to reports of a vehicle into a house. The vehicle lost control and entered the home inverted trapping two occupants of the car.

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Vehicle Into a House (Toledo, OH)

In October of 2021, Toledo Fire & Rescue was dispatched to reports of a vehicle into a house. The vehicle lost control and entered the home inverted trapping two occupants of the car. Technical Rescue team members worked to shore the structure as additional crews extricated the two occupants of the vehicle. One of them suffered fatal injuries, the other was transported to a local trauma center with life-threatening injuries. Firefighters were able to remove the uninjured occupant of the home through a second window by ladder. No firefighter injuries were reported with this incident.

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