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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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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

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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

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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.

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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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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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