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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.

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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Delivery Truck Into a Home

The type of call that can happen anywhere at anytime.  It can be an impaired driver or a complete accident. Either way, it can happen and we need a plan to stabilize the structure especially if any occupants are trapped in the vehicle and/or the structure.

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Vehicle into a Structure

The type of call that can happen anywhere at anytime.  It can be an impaired driver or a complete accident. Either way, it can happen and we need a plan to stabilize the structure especially if any occupants are trapped in the vehicle and/or the structure. Do you have the right equipment to shore the structure? If not, who around you does and what’s their equipment cache and staffing levels for USAR type calls?

Here’s a few pictures that the Middlesex County Urban Search and Rescue Team posted on their Facebook page of a delivery truck that crashed into an occupied structure.

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Paratech Virtual Workshop: Trench Advanced

Checkout the advanced trench presentation by leading industry experts. It kicks off with Paratech’s Nigel Letherby followed by MUSAR’s Chief Ron Zawlocki and professional civil engineer Craig Dashner.

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Paratech Virtual Workshop: Trench Advanced

Below is a great advanced trench presentation by leading industry experts. It kicks off with Paratech’s Nigel Letherby followed by MUSAR’s Chief Ron Zawlocki and professional civil engineer Craig Dashner. Craig works closely with Chief Zawlocki to bring the fire service real world knowledge to keep everyone on scene safe. Below is a description off his Linkedin profile of some of the work that he does with the fire service.

 I also volunteer my time working with a Ron Zawloki, a Fire Department Instructor, on the development and refinement of Trench Rescue Shoring Standards. So much of what has been taught to the fire service throughout the years was never reviewed by an Engineer, or was poorly designed, and much of it is a false sense of security and down right dangerous. Working with Ron, we are developing shoring systems that can be deployed rapidly, be flexible to different conditions and provide adequate safety for the victim and rescuers.


Make sure you checkout the full list of different videos available on the Paratech YouTube channel.

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Automobile into a Building

Take a look at the vehicle into a building in the Mile High City of Denver. 

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Automobile into a Building

Take a look at the vehicle into a building in the Mile High City of Denver.  The Denver Fire Department posted a recent run on their Facebook Page where a vehicle crashed into in a building.  That building required shoring with Paratech struts.

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