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Stafford Vehicle Rescue Technician Course 2019

Checkout the pictures from the Vehicle Rescue Technician class in Stafford and Quantico. This 3-day course teaches advanced rescue techniques when dealing with heavy vehicles (large trucks, buses, etc.). It is based on utilizing heavy wrecker to re-position the heavy vehicle off the smaller vehicle to reduce extrication time to minutes.  Make sure you also follow the Big Vehicle Rescue Facebook page.

Pictures are from Big Vehicle Rescue, John E. Burruss, and Danielle Celii.

Rail Car

This training scenarios involved lifting a 17,500 gallon capacity rail tank car. The total weight of the car was in excess of 82,600 lbs.

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Military Truck Under-ride

A 23,000 lb military truck under-ride with the car inverted.

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In the video below, Instructor Brian Sanzo teaching a group of students how to control roll and large trash truck using a brush truck’s 9,000 lb winch and a pair of Grip Hoists.

Garbage Truck

A controlled roll was done to get the garbage truck gently placed back on its tires with minimal motion.

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Towing/Wrecker Equipment

One thing I like to use during training is a 50 ton rotator when available.  The best time to get to know your heavy wrecker or tow operator’s equipment and knowledge is during training.  In addition to adding another tool to our toolbox, when lifting heavy loads with equipment like Paratech’s Hydrafusion struts, a rotator can be a great redundant safety system on scene.  Get to know your local operator’s capabilities.

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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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ISO standard 17840 Rescue Information

Automakers are releasing new Emergency Response Guides in the ISO 17840 format as requested by the NTSB. The ISO 17840 is designed to make the guides more uniform and common looking to help responders.

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OEM Emergency Response Guides

Automakers are releasing new Emergency Response Guides in the ISO 17840 format as requested by the NTSB. The ISO 17840 is designed to make the guides more uniform and common looking to help responders. Take a look at the Jeep Grand Cherokee Emergency Response Guide that Stellantis sent over to me.

Quick Overview: ISO 17840

Road vehicles — Information for first and second responders

Defines the content and the layout of the rescue sheet providing necessary and useful information about a vehicle involved in an accident/incident to support the rescue team in rescuing the vehicle occupants as quickly and safely as possible.

The contents and layout consider that the rescue sheet has to be easy to use by rescue teams over the world and can be communicated in paper or electronic format.

The rescue process or the process of handling the rescue sheets is not covered by this document.

More information on ISO17840 here.

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Vehicle Into a House (Toledo, OH)

In October of 2021, Toledo Fire & Rescue was dispatched to reports of a vehicle into a house. The vehicle lost control and entered the home inverted trapping two occupants of the car.

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Vehicle Into a House (Toledo, OH)

In October of 2021, Toledo Fire & Rescue was dispatched to reports of a vehicle into a house. The vehicle lost control and entered the home inverted trapping two occupants of the car. Technical Rescue team members worked to shore the structure as additional crews extricated the two occupants of the vehicle. One of them suffered fatal injuries, the other was transported to a local trauma center with life-threatening injuries. Firefighters were able to remove the uninjured occupant of the home through a second window by ladder. No firefighter injuries were reported with this incident.

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Car into a house

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Car into a house

Buffalo Firefighters of the 4th Battalion 4th Platoon responded to a car into a house in the 600 block of Auburn Avenue in the City’s Elmwood Village. Rescue Co.1 and the Collapse Team also were dispatched. Photos below were taken by Timothy O’Brien and posted on the Buffalo Fire Department-Helmets & Hose Wagons Facebook page.

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