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Vehicle in a Building Extrication

Buildings are located next to roads all over the world. Here’s an extrication that the Central VFC of Elizabeth Township responded to.

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Central VFC of Elizabeth Township

Thanks to the Central VFC of Elizabeth Township for sending us the pictures and narrative written by Lieutenant Randy Hoke.  At 0136 hours on August 14, 2016, all 147 personnel were dispatched to 1501 Lovedale Rd. (Bella’s Upholstery) in Lincoln Boro to assist with a vehicle into a structure. 147 Rescue and 147 Attack went enroute to the scene. Upon arrival on scene, personnel from 147 Rescue confirmed one vehicle into a structure with entrapment. On scene personnel shored the structure before accessing the patient compartment. On scene personnel then removed the rear section of the roof with the O-Cutters, at the B & C posts, as well as both rear doors. Due to the power seat, the driver’s seat back was also removed via an electric sawzall. The patient was then extricated from the vehicle and turned over to on scene EMS. After extrication, secondary hazards were mitigated to safely remove the vehicle from the structure upon the arrival of the tow company. Upon the removal of the vehicle, 1800-Boardup secured the structure with their own equipment. At 0425 hours, all 147 equipment and personnel were clear of the scene.

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Vehicle into a Structure

Here’s another example how often a vehicle into a structure will require shoring.

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Central Volunteer Fire Company of Elizabeth Township

Here’s another example how often a vehicle into a structure will require shoring. Central Volunteer Fire Company of Elizabeth Township responded in Rescue 147 for an unoccupied vehicle into a structure. Upon arrival, crews on reported significant damage to a garage. Rescue 147 deployed their Paratech Rescue Struts to provide stabilization to the garage.

Want to learn more about their rig? Checkout our post a while back that walks you thru it here.

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Tractor Trailer in a house with occupants trapped

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Tractor Trailer vs House

Below are a few pictures and the description of an incident that involved a tractor trailer into a house with people trapped. I believe every fire department should have a basic understanding of shoring up a house for just this type of incident.  Vehicles into a structure can happen anywhere.  Departments train for vehicle accidents with entrapment but often this doesn’t include any shoring training.  Shoring a structure is under the technical rescue category.  However, I would prefer to have my crew know how to properly deploy T Spot Shore to provide additional safety those working in or around the compromised structure.  The Field Guide for Building Stabilization and Shoring Techniques published by the Department of Homeland Security and is packed full of useful information.

Here’s a video on using Paratech Struts to make a T-Spot Shore.

The Seventh District Volunteer Fire Department had an incident with a Tractor Trailer in a residence with occupants trapped near the Clements intersection. Crews assisted with stabilizing the structure to remove 4 occupants and the Truck driver. One patient was pinned inside the structure and required additional rescue efforts. All patients were extricated and transported within an hour of arrival.

Chief 7 was assigned as a Rescue Group Supervisor with Chief 5 holding Command. A total of 4 Heavy Duty Rescue Squads, 2 Ladder Trucks, 1 Engine, NDW Pax River Collapse Trailer and Support, Charles County TRT, DCFD TRT Task Force, EMS units from Seventh District, Leonardtown, and Mechanicsville, along with Baltimore Shock Trauma Go Team responded on the incident.

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Vehicle into a Building (Shoring)

Social Media is a great method to show the public we serve the diverse nature of the skills today’s firefighter have. Take a look at the at the vehicle into a building and the shoring/stabilization that was posted on the Twitter page of Somerset Fire/Rescue.

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Paratech Shoring

Social Media is a great method to show the public we serve the diverse nature of the skills today’s firefighter have. Take a look at the at the vehicle into a building and the shoring/stabilization that was posted on the Twitter page of Somerset Fire/Rescue.

 


However, if you look further into their Twitter feed you can see they train on shoring with their Paratech Struts.

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