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 Lifting and Capturing the Suspension

Capturing the suspension “Capturing the Crash”

One of the most beneficial and under-used techniques is suspension capture.  Capturing suspension is the method of taking away suspension rebound when a load is to be lifted off a vehicle. This technique is extremely beneficial in numerous situations such as under-rides, tree on vehicle, etc. If the suspension is not captured, the vehicle will “chase” the load during the lift until normal suspension height is reached. When the suspension is captured an almost instant separation of load and vehicle will be established and in turn less lift is needed. “Capture” is easily established with a heavy duty ratchet strap or chain with tensioners. With heavy lifting our main goal is to lift as little as possible to reach our ultimate goal and this facilitates just that.

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

Vehicle Stabilization

Vehicle crash into the trees

Vehicle into the trees can happen anywhere.

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Stabilization

Swanzey, New Hampshire.

Check out this outside-of-the-box stabilization that the Swanzey Fire Department posted on their Facebook page.

Swanzey and Keene Fire units responded to a report of a single-vehicle crash into the trees. After the vehicle was stabilized with struts and straps, on occupant was extricated and transported.

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Heavy Rescue

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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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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