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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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Lifting & stabilization training

Checkout this training from Connecticut Custom Fire Training LLC. and make sure you follow their Facebook page!

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Checkout this training from Connecticut Custom Fire Training LLC. and make sure you follow their Facebook page! Students included members from Suffield, Windsor Locks, Enfield, and CT ANG Fire Departments taking part in a day of lifting & stabilization training. In the pictures below, are students utilizing their Paratech Struts & Hydrafusions to stabilize, lift, and capture the tree to create space for extrication.

 

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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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Vehicle driven off the side of a parking deck

Checkout the quick work by Atlanta Fire’s Squad 4 stabilizing vehicle that drove off the side of a parking deck.

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Vehicle Stabilization

Checkout the quick work by Atlanta Fire’s Squad 4 stabilizing vehicle that drove off the side of a parking deck.

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