Connect with us

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

Overturned Tractor-Trailer Extrication

Published

on

Overturned Tractor-Trailer Extrication

Check out the overturned Tractor-Trailer, confirmed entrapment, and power pole down that Elizabethtown Fire Dept Station 74 had earlier today.

Continue Reading

Quick Tips

Motor City Monday Extrication Tip; Electric Vehicle Battery Pack Reinforcements

As vehicles change, our knowledge must continue to keep pace and expand our mental toolbox.  The extrication tool manufacters have kept pace with their cutters, spreaders, and rams to combact these strong steels. It’s our job to stay

Published

on

Electric Vehicle Battery Pack Reinforcements

Like everything in life, vehicles are changing, well vehicles keep changing. World leaders are pushing green vehicles which will increase our interactions with electric vehicles.  First off, let’s look at the common acronyms of several common green and traditional vehicles.

  • BEV = Battery Electric Vehicle
  • PHEV = Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle
  • HEV = Hybrid Electric Vehicle
  • ICE = Internal Combustion Engine

Unlike BEV, PHEV, and HEV, the term ICE refers to the engine itself, rather than the type of car. Normal/traditional gasoline and diesel cars have internal combustion engines.

Electric Vehicles present several challenges to firefighters with battery fires leading the way.  The automakers are designing and engineering extremely strong protective cages around battery packs. We are no strangers finding boron, martensite, and press hardened steels in the pillars, roof rails, and fender wells.  However, in a BEV, the rocker panels and cross vehicle reinforcements will have boron and martensite steels to protect the battery pack from collisions that could comprise it.  In the images below, the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach E has this strong steel in the rocker panels and cross vehicle reinforcements.  The automakers can tie in the strong rocker panels into the front fender wells requiring us to make deep cuts during a dash lift or roll.


The image below shows the different testing vehicles are subjected to and a strong battery cage can not only protect the battery pack, but also the occupants of the vehicle.

As vehicles change, our knowledge must continue to keep pace and expand our mental toolbox.  The extrication tool manufacturers have kept pace with their cutters, spreaders, and rams to combat these strong steels. It’s our job to stay current where the automakers are using strong steel.

Images from several Great Designs in Steel (GDIS) 2021 Presentations.

Continue Reading

Heavy Rescue

Dump truck rolled onto a car

The dump truck attempted to change lanes, struck the passenger car, the load inside the rear of the dump truck shifted, causing the vehicle to list to one side and roll onto the driver’s side roof of the vehicle.

Published

on

Manheim Township, PA

First off, both drivers required extrication from their vehicles and were taken to the hospital with non life-threatening injuries.

The dump truck attempted to change lanes, struck the passenger car, the load inside the rear of the dump truck shifted, causing the vehicle to list to one side and roll onto the driver’s side roof of the vehicle.

Stabilization and Extrication

Towing and Recovery

Continue Reading