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NVT Tip: CNG Manual Shutoff Value

The 2015 Chevrolet Impala has a unique Compressed Natural model. Rescuers need to be familiar with the alternative fuel vehicles on the roads with an awareness level knowledge.

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The automakers are not only making the body structures stronger, adding more airbags, but they have different alternative fueled vehicles on the roads. One way to stay informed is to use Moditech’s Crash Recovery System.  Moditech’s mission, to provide the relevant tools and knowledge required to effectively respond to today’s traffic accidents around the world. If you take a look at the screenshot below from Crash Recovery System you can clearly see the are meeting their mission.

The 2015 Chevrolet Impala has a unique Compressed Natural model. If your are concerned about the safety of the CNG tank, read the post on Boron Extrication about the tests General Motors put this vehicle thru. Rescuers need to be familiar with the alternative fuel vehicles on the roads with an awareness level knowledge. Knowing where the manual fuel shut-off valve on the 2015 Chevrolet Impala CNG model is on that list. On the underside of the floor under the driver side rear seat is the manual fuel 1/4-turn shut-off valve.

The pictures below of the manual fuel 1/4-turn shut-off valve are from the 2015 Impala Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) Technology Quick Reference Sheet provided by General Motors.

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

Heavy Rescue

Big Rig Technician Training (2/27/2020)

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue played host this week to firefighters from around North America for a three-day training conference on heavy vehicle rescues.

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Big Rig Technician Training (2/27/2020)

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue played host this week to firefighters from around North America for a three-day training conference on heavy vehicle rescues. A variety of rescue scenarios were in place at MDFR’s Urban Search & Rescue Training Facility in Kendall for the grand finale of the course on Thursday afternoon. Technical Rescue Technicians from fire departments as far away as Ontario, South Dakota and West Virginia participated in the exercises that required rescuing victims in unique traffic crash situations.

Pictures below from the Metro-Dade Firefighters Local 1403 and Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Facebook Pages.

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Heavy Rescue

VA Spring Rescue Week

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I ran across some great pictures on the Big Vehicle Rescue Facebook Page from a training course. The 2019 Virginia Department of Fire Programs Spring Rescue Week was held at the VA Public Safety Training Center. Below are pictures from the vehicle rescue technician class. Thanks again to
John Burruss for allowing us to use his pictures. Make sure you follow his page!

Stabilization, Lifting, and Vehicle Relocation

The bus was captured with struts for stabilization. The black guard rails on school buses are strong points for struts tips for stabilization and lifting.

The bus was rolled off the car with two griphoists anchored to the duals on a semi-tractor while the Paratech gold struts chased the movement automatically with air extended the struts.

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Vehicle Extrication

Power Pole Stabilization

Here is a look at a unique extrication and stabilization that took place in Seattle, Washington.

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Here is a look at a unique extrication and stabilization that took place in Seattle, Washington. The first Facebook post is video from an area camera that captured the power pole falling on the vehicle.

Per the Seattle Fire Department’s Facebook page:

Seattle Fire’s Rescue 1 was called to a multi-company extrication with Boeing, South King, and Tukwila Fire. Over fifteen power lines were down and 1 patient trapped in a car. Using Rescue 1’s hydraulic-fusion struts, the only of their kind in the area, 1 patient was safely extricated and a total of 2 patients were transported with minor injuries to nearby hospitals.

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