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Motorhome RV Construction

With summertime in full swing in the northern hemisphere, motorhomes are hitting the highways and pose an unique situation when those vehicles are involved in an accident.

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With summertime in full swing in the northern hemisphere, motorhomes are hitting the highways and pose an unique situation when those vehicles are involved in an accident.  First, take a look at the body structure of motorhomes.  The pictures below show the different types of construction.  The construction used varies by manufacturer.  Alumium and laminated structures are commonly used.

In the YouTube video below, Newmar Expert Chris Anderson takes about RV/Motorhome wall construction.

Consider that most RV/Motorhomes are built on top of a truck platform chassis.  Depending on the age and type of construction, the vehicle could be difficult to safety stabilization.  Rescuers need to exercise extreme caution when working around or inside of these vehicles.

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Why is this important?  Take a look at the photo that the Harford Volunteer Fire Company posted on their Facebook page.  If patients needed to be extricated from this vehicle, stabilization could be challenging.  On top of that, the number of patients could classify as a mass casualty incident.

Harford-Volunteer-Fire-Company-RV-Motorhome-extricationNewmar Corporation has a great page with the difference between Class A, Class B, and Class C Motorhomes.

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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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Fort Worth, TX Fire Department Heavy Rescue 38

Another awesome SVI Truck headed to the Lone Star State!

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Checkout the SVI-built Heavy Rescue for the Lone Star State.  The Fort Worth rig features a 20′ aluminum body mounted on a Spartan Gladiator LFD chassis with a 24-inch raised roof and powered by a Cummins X15 505HP engine. The new walk-around Heavy Rescue boasts a powerful 180,000-lumen LED Command Light CL602A-W4 light tower, OnScene Solutions heavy-duty aluminum cargo slides and much more!

Below are links to more information about this heavy rescue:

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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).

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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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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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