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Here’s an example of why I love Facebook for the fire service. Someone shares a picture of a training or a call. It sparks a question, the poster of the pictures provides more details. And just like that, knowledge is shared. At FDIC several years back, one of the HOT Instructors showed students how to put to struts on the dirty side of a vehicle and use a chain with a floating master link to tie the vehicle back to an anchor point. I became a big fan of it. Fast forward to this week when Brian Harting (Ohio Region 2 USAR) posted a bunch of photos from a class he taught. Brian’s pictures showed two struts on the dirty side but with a chain used to tie the vehicle back to an anchor. I sent him a quick message about the pictures and a little dialogue followed.

Yes absolutely. I have seen the floating middle attachment. For a guy who knows what’s going on, I can live with it. However, for a beginner who may not judge the terrain, who may be on a slope that is high or low, parallel to the car you can get the chain/car to roll through the master link, especially at such a wide included angle in the chain. I have seen a floating hook roll through the chain before. It’s definitely an option. I just try to show least common denominator to first timers. With that I pre tension the chain to get the resultant and sub in the sister chains to prevent the roll.

In the picture below, the anchor isn’t inline with the vehicle. Offset stabilization was used in tying the vehicle back to the anchor.

 

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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