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ALBERTA Advanced Heavy Rescue Symposium

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Sept 22-23, 2017 Advanced Heavy Rescue Symposium at the CFD Training Academy registration forms ready to be sent out, email me if your interested. Only 60 spots available.

 

 

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Steel Coil Awareness

Steel Coil are transported part all over the world.  However, we typically deal with coils when the truck hauling one has an accident or loses its’ load. 

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Steel Coil Awareness

Steel Coil are transported part all over the world.  However, we typically deal with coils when the truck hauling one has an accident or loses its’ load.  Steel coils are loaded onto trailer is three common configurations.  Those are, Eye in the sky, Shot gun style, and Eye to the Side (Suicide).

Eye in the sky

Shot gun style

Eye to the Side (Suicide)

Weight

Steel coil weights vary vastly.  However, Coils can weigh in excess of 45k pounds.

 

Safety Stand Down

The video below is demonstrates how a 45000 lb steel coil can easily crush a mid sized vehicle. The video is from Worthington Industries in Monroe Ohio and part of their safety stand down.

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18-wheeler falls off overpass crushes car below

Often many extrication instructors setup some outside of the normal training scenarios where the students usually comment “that would never happen”.  One of those happened in Texas. A tractor and trailer fell off overpass in Sugar Land, Texas and crushed the car below. The driver of the car was able to climb out of her vehicle with a little help from some bystanders.

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Outside the Box

Often many extrication instructors setup some outside of the normal training scenarios where the students usually comment “that would never happen”.  One of those happened in Texas. A tractor and trailer fell off overpass in Sugar Land, Texas and crushed the car below. The driver of the car was able to climb out of her vehicle with a little help from some bystanders.

From a training perspective, what would be your plan if the vehicle had occupants trapped? Do you know what heavy wrecker resources are available in your response area? Do you have the equipment to stabilize, lift, and/or remove the vehicle from under the trailer?  Take some time to run a scenario thru your mind about what you would do.

 

 

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Garbage Truck Weight; Wet and Dry

Have you considered how the weather can affect a vehicle extrication? Consider this, often, garbage is set outside homes the night before garbage pickup day. Now factor in some rain overnight or in the morning. That water adds addition

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Garbage Truck Weight

St. Johns Co. Fire/Rescue attaching cables to car to pull it out from under truck. Photo By Phillip Whitley

This post started after a conversation at the State Fire School in Bowling Green, Ohio. One reason I love to travel and instruct is picking up information myself. One station in the Heavy Rescue is the heavy lifting station.  Talking with some of the others instructors during a break they mentioned how much the weight of a garbage truck can vary, especially during wet weather.  With that, I wanted to learn a little more myself.

The continual starting and stopping of more than 130,000 garbage and recycling trucks on the road in the United States is a recipe for passenger vehicles to crash into.  How many times have you raced around one on a two lane roadway? Now lets think about heavy truck weights. Long-haul trucks can weigh 80,000 pounds.  However, the shorter wheelbase of garbage and recycling trucks results lower legal weight around 51,000 pounds with an empty weight about 33,000 pounds.

Have you considered how the weather can affect a vehicle extrication? Consider this, often, garbage is set outside homes the night before garbage pickup day.  Now factor in some rain overnight or in the morning.  That water adds addition weight to the garbage. What is the weather like that day? How about  Was the garbage sitting outside in the rain all day and night adding to the weight?

Wet Weight?

The weight of wet garbage is an important consideration for rescuers if the truck needs to be lifted to extricate the patient. Weight of Trash by Material Type (tons per cubic yard) is listed below:

Here’s an interesting article about garbage trucks hauling loads from transfer stations to the landfill. In the article, Haulers Routinely Overloaded Waste Authority Trucks May Be 20,000 Pounds Over Federal Road Limits, it states “Daily transfer station reports show between 40 percent and 80 percent of the trucks in randomly selected weeks the past year have left for the landfill over the legal limit of 80,000 pounds.” Throughout the United States, rescuers need to consider the weather of the previous couple days if they are faced with lifting a garbage truck off another vehicle.

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