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Vehicle Extrication

Relief Cut…..This isn’t your Father’s Oldsmobile

Rescuers are taught to thoroughly cut this area during a dash lift. With the size of the base of the A-pillar and the UHSS steel used in the wheel well, rescuers may need to use a hybrid technique.

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The 2016 Cadillac CT6 is an all new sedan with advanced lightweight materials used in its body structure. This consists of a combination of 13 different materials, primarily aluminum and high-strength steels.  What caught my attention was the bottom of the A-pillar and the rear part of the front wheel well.  Rescuers are taught to thoroughly cut this area during a dash lift.  With the size of the base of the A-pillar and the UHSS steel used in the wheel well, rescuers may need to use a hybrid technique.

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Take note of the size of the base of the A-pillar and the aluminium cast fender reinforcement.  If the photo below, you can see the UHSS and all the reinforcements in the wheel well.  During a dash lift, the rescuer with the cutters will want to remain in this area to nobble additional material toward the inside of the wheel well.

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At the NACE conference, Detroit Firefighters from Squad 2 are using a hybrid technique that use the ram as part of a dash lift.  The ram is used to capture the current position of the dash and provide support so the dash cannot drop onto the patient.  With the body structure features posted above in the 2016 Cadillac CT6, the dash may need to be supported during the relief cuts into the wheel well.
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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

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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