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Bus Extrication

One problem with heavy vehicle extrication is the height of the doors and windows. An example of this is the bus vs bridge in South Melbourne, Australia.  Working with extrication tools on ladders is difficult and creates a safety hazard for the rescuers.  What is one platform we can work off of that responds to nearly every vehicle crash we respond to?  Flatbed tow truck.

Working Platform

Flatbed tow trucks are available everywhere and can make it to a scene quickly.  Based off dispatch information, if you are responding to an accident with a heavy vehicle of a bus (with multiple trapped occupants) you could request a couple flatbed tow trucks to use a working platform.

Bus Extrication Working Platform

Bus Extrication Working Platform

For more information on the Bus Crash read the whole article on The Age.

Potential Hazards

Based of the work that flatbed tow trucks perform, several hazards can be found on the platform.  Fluids from previously towed vehicles could be on the platform.  Secondly, the platform can make responders feel safer and forget they are working several feet off the ground.  A safety officer would be important operating from this platform.  Lastly, the tow truck would need to be locked out and tagged out to prevent the vehicle from moving while operations are in process.

Rescue Platform

Extrication-Rescue-PlatformOver in Germany at Rescue Days, Weber Rescue has a their “Rescue Platform” that provides a safer work platform than any ladder can.  However, the platform would work best with a few rescuers and best for a single occupant extrication.

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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Car into an apartment building

In Mississauga, Canada, a vehicle crashed into a large residential building and the damage could have impacted up to 4 stories. Mississauga Fire and Emergency Services stated the vehicle hit the window on the building’s second floor. The driver was extricated and transported to the hospital.

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Car into an apartment building

In Mississauga, Canada, a vehicle crashed into a large residential building and the damage could have impacted up to 4 stories. Mississauga Fire and Emergency Services stated the vehicle hit the window on the building’s second floor. The driver was extricated and transported to the hospital.

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Houston Fire Department’s Trailer 11

Check out Houston Fire Department’s new Trailer 11 purchased from Metro Fire Apparatus Specialists, Inc. It’s packed for of Paratech equipment with room for more!

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Houston Fire Department’s Trailer 11

Check out Houston Fire Department’s new Trailer 11 purchased from Metro Fire Apparatus Specialists, Inc. Check out the pictures below and make sure you follow the social media pages from Metro Fire Apparatus Specialists.

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ISO standard 17840 Rescue Information

Automakers are releasing new Emergency Response Guides in the ISO 17840 format as requested by the NTSB. The ISO 17840 is designed to make the guides more uniform and common looking to help responders.

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OEM Emergency Response Guides

Automakers are releasing new Emergency Response Guides in the ISO 17840 format as requested by the NTSB. The ISO 17840 is designed to make the guides more uniform and common looking to help responders. Take a look at the Jeep Grand Cherokee Emergency Response Guide that Stellantis sent over to me.

Quick Overview: ISO 17840

Road vehicles — Information for first and second responders

Defines the content and the layout of the rescue sheet providing necessary and useful information about a vehicle involved in an accident/incident to support the rescue team in rescuing the vehicle occupants as quickly and safely as possible.

The contents and layout consider that the rescue sheet has to be easy to use by rescue teams over the world and can be communicated in paper or electronic format.

The rescue process or the process of handling the rescue sheets is not covered by this document.

More information on ISO17840 here.

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