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One of the fastest method to stabilize a side resting vehicle is using struts. Use struts to create a tension buttress stabilization. Just like cribbing placement, careful consideration for the extrication operations that need to be completed must be considered when placing struts on the vehicle. One method to keep the clean side of the vehicle clean of struts is the place two struts on the dirty side of the vehicle and tie the vehicle back to a truck.

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Tying back the vehicle to the rig is easily accomplished with many different combinations of ratchet strips, slings, chains, cluster hooks. The strips should be attached high on the underside of the vehicle and closer the the front and back to create a triangle. Keep in mind the rig will need to be tagged out and locked out to ensure it is not moved.

Clean Side

The method leaves the clean side free of any struts and the roof can quickly be removed and then any additional techniques required to free the patient.

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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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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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