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Tesla Model X

Tesla Motors is committed to helping fire departments and first responders safely handle emergency situations involving their vehicles by providing Emergency Response Guides. Emergency disconnects are available for disabling the vehicle when extrication is necessary to rescue passengers.  Below are a few screen shots from their Model X First Responder Guide that highlight the falcon door. The springs that open the door and the stored gas inflators are the only features that responders need to understand and know the location of each. Brock Archer, Owner of Advanced Extrication has worked closely with Tesla and helped their first responder material.  Brock wrote the Model X First Responder Guide and a video to follow up with the guide should be out soon.
Make sure you check out his website AdvancedExtrication.com
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Warning: Never cut the high tension springs attached to the falcon wing doors. Serious injury or death can result from cutting or rapidly releasing the high tension springs.
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The Airbag inflation cylinders are located in the A-pillars and in the falcon wing doors, as outlined in red below.

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Quick Note

Like most electric and hybrid vehicles, Tesla vehicles are electric and make no noise even when the power-train is energized.

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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