Story and Photos Courtesy Sidewinder Photography
This drill was created by past chief of the Defreestville Fire Department Richard French and Current Asst. Chief Michael Russell.
Lifting, Lowering, Stabilization Maze Rules
- Crew size will vary, due to staffing levels (Real world)
- In all cases, there will be an incident commander and safety officer assigned from each crew.
- The only forces to be applied to move or stop the ball are friction and gravity. Applied by appropriately raising, lowering, and stabilizing the maze.
- No touching the prop with your hands
- No touching the prop or the ball with a tool to get the ball to move
- No blowing the ball to get it to move.
- If you lift an inch, you crib an inch.
- Every lifting or lowering tool must be used inch, before a tool can be used a second time.
- If the instructor calls a “FREEZE” all actions is to immediately stop, and positions held until the direction is given to resume activity.
Lifting, Lowering, Stabilization Maze Helpful Hints
- Teamwork is paramount
- Clear communication between the crew is essential.
- Sometimes two lifts at the nearly simultaneous times are need to prevent the ball from becoming trapped.
- The IC needs to have a vision for where the ball needs to go. Multiple ideas may work, But which one is fastest and safest
- Suggestions are welcome, but the IC is in command and will provide the direction.
- The Safety officer is responsible for continually assessing proper tool utilization, and that shoring/cribbing is in place and appropriate.
- Crew understanding of equipment location and use is critical to a smooth operation.
- The spreaders may be fast, but the portapower, airbags, or a bottle jack may better for precision lifts.
Northern Ohio FOOLS 14th annual Heavy Rescue 101
The Northern Ohio FOOLS hosted their 14th annual Heavy Rescue 101 this last weekend. This free event was full just 2-hours after the tickets were released online.
Northern Ohio FOOLS
The Northern Ohio FOOLS hosted their 14th annual Heavy Rescue 101 this last weekend. This free event was full just 2-hours after the tickets were released online. Volunteers, tool vendors, sponsors, and of course the students started to converge on the Huron County Fair grounds Friday evening for 3 presentations in a classroom setting.
Saturday morning the HOT part of this course started and students selected two different course tracks, basic or advanced. The basic class covered standard techniques common taught and used by rescuers around the world.
The advanced track was broken up into 5 different pits that covered side impacts, alternative methods, inverted vehicles, limited access crashes, and incidents involing a commerical truck.
The alternative methods station does not give hydraulic or electric cutters, spreaders, rams as tool options. It makes people think and use many tools that the vast majority of today’s firefighters are not familiar with operating. It shows that extrication work can be done without cutters and spreaders. It also demonstrates options that can be used in conjunction with extrication tools during complex extrications or limited extrication tool availability.
The pictures below is the “Batwing” at taught by by Steve Johnson, Mikey Torres, and Ron Whitaker
Inverted Vehicles (Cracking the egg)
The Alternative methods and Limited Access Pits were taught from a great group of brothers from First In-Last Out Fire Equipment & Training LLC.
Incidents involving a commercial trucks
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.
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.
West Metro Fire Rescue Vehicle Extrication
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.