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Take a minute to ask yourself, “What do Palm Trees and Heavy Rescue Operations have in common?”

The Heavy Rescue Operations Course at the Orlando Fire Conference that’s WHAT! For 2015, the Orlando Fire Conference was held in late February. If you have not heard of the Orlando Fire Conference, there are two possibilities. You don’t like quality training….mmm….or you have been living under a rock. I had a great opportunity to teach at the HR Program alongside some great friends and the nation’s top instructors. District Chief Walt Lewis from Orlando Fire Dept. Spearheaded the Heavy Rescue Ops Program but the story behind the program is a particular one.

Lt. Bill Manning (Kissimmee FD/Lead at the Central Florida Fire Academy VMR Program) a good friend of Chief Lewis, had recommended doing a Heavy Rescue Program at the OFC. However, he never got the opportunity because he was tragically killed in a motorcycle crash while on his way to a Fire Department Union meeting. This tragic event gave the course a very particular meaning and was put together by Chief Lewis to see Bills vision through. To assist him, Chief Lewis assembled a top-notch team of instructors from all over the country.

This group of instructors allowed firefighters from as far as Germany to train on eight stations with numerous advanced scenarios per station. These advanced scenarios were set up to challenge the students and hands-on experience with the latest techniques and equipment. The program consisted of scenarios all the way from impalements to school bus over/under-rides and ran out of LKQ Orlando.

The primary scenario I worked with was a school bus rolled over onto a car with multiple patients trapped. During the rotation, we also covered bus size-up, big rig tactics, class D wrecker ops/familiarization, lifting and moving vehicles, stabilization, and obviously advanced extrication techniques.

The students worked hard over the weekend and were presented with a vast amount of information for them to take back to their departments. For our evolutions, Steve Clymer of Team Equipment provided equipment. Students practiced using Paratech Hydrafusions for lifting the school bus and finished off the evolutions with the assistance of Johnsons Wrecker Service’s Class D Rotator. Andy Kirshner from Palm Beach County F/R assisted me for the weekend, and I appreciated his help. The program was top notch, and thanks go out to the Orlando Fire Conference, the incredible students, all the instructors, equipment providers, LKQ, and obviously Chief Walt Lewis.

Isaac Frazier is a Special Operations Lieutenant with St. Johns County Florida's Heavy Rescue "Squad 4". First due to the deadliest stretch of roadway in the nation, Frazier teaches from personal street experience providing tried and true tactics. Frazier is the owner of Tactical Advantage Training and creator of the course Tactical Extrication. Frazier travels nationally sharing his passion teaching fire and extrication courses. Frazier is a Fire Officer II, FL Paramedic, Special Operations Officer, Florida State Instructor, FLUSAR Tech, Diver, and FL Hazmat Tech. www.TrainTacticalAdvantage.com

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Large Vehicle with Heavy Entrapment

Check out the strong work by all on scene.

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Large Vehicle with Heavy Entrapment

The Washtenaw County Technical Rescue Team recently assisted Milan Area Firefighters with this complex extrication. Team members assisted Milan Firefighters and utilized HURST Jaws of Life and Paratech to extricate the heavily entrapped driver quickly.

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Large Animal Rescue

Working with their past experince, the Patterson Fire Department’s completed their 4th horse rescue in the past several years.

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Horse Rescue

Per the post from the Patterson Fire Department’s Facebook page:

At 0732, 25th of August 2021, the Patterson fire department was dispatched for a public assist to a local farm. Patterson’s heavy rescue, 22-6-1, arrived on scene and found a 31-year-old male horse, named “Dozer”, in distress. He had apparently fallen and managed to get himself stuck between a rock and a fence line. At first, the crew attempted to assist the horse in getting up by shifting his position. It became apparent that additional equipment was going to be needed to help Dozer out since he had become too exhausted to get up on his own. After some discussion, it was established that the best plan of action was to use a Paratech bipod system. It would be used as an artificial high directional with TU-32 griphoist’s assistance to lift the horse up. With a lot of sweat and effort, the crew was able to lift the horse up onto his feet. After some much-needed fluids and rest, we were happy to see Dozer trot away, unassisted.

An interesting fact, this is Patterson Fire Department’s 4th horse rescue in the past several years, all with successful outcomes.

Photos below from Andrew Akin

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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.

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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

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