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Battalion Assignments: Vehicle Stabilization & Rescue Struts

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Struts can take up a large amount of compartment space on a truck. For that reason, some struts are stored in trucks not assembled and unready to deploy.  While the struts can be assembled quickly and efficiently, many rescuers don’t get enough hands on training with their struts to develop a muscle memory of how the struts go together. Add the fact that struts could sit on the truck for an extended period of time without being used. That is the main reason behind this drill to take them out and train.

  • Pull the entire struts assembly out of the truck, include the struts, base, extensions, tips, and straps.
  • Have each member assemble and disassemble the struts several times.
  • Go over the ratchet straps and any cluster hook assemblies that you have
  • Know where to place the struts on the vehicle
  • Go over how the struts work.  Creating a larger base of the vehicle and the strength of an A-frame.

Mike Smith, Absolute Rescue's Editor in Chief, is a veteran of the fire/rescue service in Michigan, who also works in the automotive industry as a designer. Have an idea of suggestion for the site? Contact Mike here

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Heavy Rescue

Mechanicstown Rescue 1 Walk-In Rescue

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Checkout the video of Mechanicstown’s new 26′ Stainless Steel Walk-In Tandem Walk-In Rescue 1.

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Vehicle School Bus Under-ride Training Scenario

The Brothers at Beaver Lane Res8cue training with their PARATECH HydraFusion Struts on a training scenario for a vehicle that crashed underneath and school. 

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The Brothers at Beaver Lane Res8cue training with their PARATECH HydraFusion Struts on a training scenario for a vehicle that crashed underneath and school.

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Cedar Park, TX Fire Department Heavy Rescue

The Cedar Park, TX Fire Department chose a 22′ aluminum SVI body mounted on a 20″ raised-roof Spartan Gladiator chassis.

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The Cedar Park, TX Fire Department chose a 22′ aluminum SVI body mounted on a 20″ raised-roof Spartan Gladiator chassis. The chassis is powered by a 505 HP Cummins X15 engine. This apparatus is equipped with a 32,000-watt Onan Protec PTO generator to power the Bauer air compressor with Type 2 fill station. A Hannay high-pressure air hose reel, custom-mounted Paratech struts, Carefree Mirage lateral-arm patio awning and OnScene Solutions aluminum heavy-duty cargo slides.

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