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.
ALBERTA Advanced Heavy Rescue Symposium
Great information on how struts are a system and are affected by forces.
The image on the left was taped onto a trailer at the Alberta Vehicle Extrication Association (AVEA) annual Alberta “BIG RIG” H.O.T Symposium. I thought it was a great picture to share. However, the folks at the Blue Collar Training Network took that image a bit further with a detailed post on their Facebook Page. A screenshot is below, but for the full post head over to their Facebook Page and make you like to follow all the content they post.
Man Lift Rescue
This is another type of outside the box rescue call that could happen anywhere. Man lifts are often used in tight areas with no room to use an aerial rig.
Outside the Box
The photos below were posted on North Wildwood Fire Department Facebook page. Quint 2, Squad 3, & Rescue 3 responded to Moreys Surfside Pier for a technical rescue. Crew found a stalled man lift that was leaning to one side and was in jeopardy of falling over. Crews stabilized the machine and assisted with removing the worker from the basket.
This is another type of outside the box rescue call that could happen anywhere. Man lifts are used in many areas that ladder and tower rigs cannot close enough to be used. Take a look at the photos and run a few different scenarios thru your mind just in case you ever need them to draw from.