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Hydraulic tool inspection

  1. Check the operation of each tool. Fully open and close cutters and spreaders.  Extend and retract rams.  If your setup has more than one pump, always make sure you extend and retract any ram on the same pump.  Failure to follow this could overfill pump tank blow out seals.
  1. During truck checks and after every use Inspect tools, hoses, and couplings for leaks.  Carefully go over each components for wear and damage.
  2. The blades on cutters need to be carefully inspected for any hairline cracks or any damage to the blade.
  3. Arms on spreaders should be inspected as well as the pins that secure the arms and tips.
  4. Keep the area on the apparatus where the pump and tools are stored clean and dry.  This will extend the life of your equipment and also make any leaks easily visible.
  5. Tool storage should protect against moisture and provide adequate space to prevent damage to hoses or tools.
  6. After each use the tools and hoses should be cleaned, lubricate, and inspected for damage or wear.
  7. Each tool manufacturer has maintenance guides that may vary from this list.  Consult your maintenance guides to ensure you follow the inspections:
    1. Daily maintenance and inspection
    2. After use maintenance
    3. Monthly, quarterly, semi-annual, and or annual inspections and maintenance.

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Vehicle Rescue

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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Vehicle Into a House (Toledo, OH)

In October of 2021, Toledo Fire & Rescue was dispatched to reports of a vehicle into a house. The vehicle lost control and entered the home inverted trapping two occupants of the car.

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Vehicle Into a House (Toledo, OH)

In October of 2021, Toledo Fire & Rescue was dispatched to reports of a vehicle into a house. The vehicle lost control and entered the home inverted trapping two occupants of the car. Technical Rescue team members worked to shore the structure as additional crews extricated the two occupants of the vehicle. One of them suffered fatal injuries, the other was transported to a local trauma center with life-threatening injuries. Firefighters were able to remove the uninjured occupant of the home through a second window by ladder. No firefighter injuries were reported with this incident.

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Car into a house

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Car into a house

Buffalo Firefighters of the 4th Battalion 4th Platoon responded to a car into a house in the 600 block of Auburn Avenue in the City’s Elmwood Village. Rescue Co.1 and the Collapse Team also were dispatched. Photos below were taken by Timothy O’Brien and posted on the Buffalo Fire Department-Helmets & Hose Wagons Facebook page.

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