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City of Orange Squad 6 USAR ‘Sqaudzilla’

Nothing beats experience, training, and the right equipment. The City of Orange Fire Department made quick work of lifting a vehicle to free a trapped motorcyclist. You can watch it all in the YouTube video below. The crew on scene worked together like clockwork.  This video is a great training clip that everyone should watch if not make part of their vehicle rescue training.

One benefit that City of Orange has is their USAR “Sqaudzilla”.  It is a Tillered Rescue. We are working on a post that will feature that rescue, but still getting all the information about. If you are an Orange City firefighter, please feel free to contact me!

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A chain reaction crash on Interstate 5 in California led to a motorcyclist being dragged nearly 200 feet while trapped beneath an SUV. The motorcycle rider was rear ended in the crash that involved as many as 7 cars and a truck towing a large boat. He was thrown to the pavement and then dragged by the SUV.

Traffic was heavy on the busy & wide Interstate during the Friday night accident. Due to the number of people involved and general confusion at the scene, it took about 10 minutes for someone to find the victim trapped under the SUV. He was alive and talking but seriously injured.

The 1st arriving unit from the City of Orange Fire Department quickly requested their Urban Search and Rescue to perform the heavy rescue needed to free the victim.

The USAR Truck arrive quickly, lit and stabilized the scene and began to use cribbing and airbags to lift the SUV off the young male victim.

With the SUV raised, Firefighters carefully slid the man to freedom. He condition of his helmet appeared to indicate he may have been dragged by his helmet as it was significantly worn down by scraping the pavement.

The victim was transported to the Trauma Center at OC Global Hospital in Santa Ana, Ca.. Although suffering from multiple serious injuries, the rider is expected to survive.

Here’s a video of the Squad

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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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.

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More information on ISO17840 here.

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