When it comes to motor vehicle accidents, the firefighter's most effective tool is knowledge, especially as new vehicle technology becomes more prevalent, presenting us with new operational challenges and hazards. In this special edition of our e-Newsletter, some of the nation's leading vehicle rescue experts offer tactical advice and insights on extrication operations for today's vehicles.
- Pete Prochilo, Online Editor
VEHICLE EXTRICATION ARTICLES
Best Practices for Vehicle Rescue
(by David Dalrymple)
Operational concerns at vehicle incidents deserve a fresh look, especially as we learn to deal with hazards from new vehicle technology. Dave Dalrymple reviews the fundamentals of rescue and extrication tactics for today's vehicle emergencies.
2008 GMC Yukon and Chevy Tahoe Hybrid
(by Jason Emery)
Jason Emery profiles General Motor's first foray into the "full hybrid" market, focusing on the features of significance to firefighters performing vehicle extrication and rescue.
Basic, Advanced, or Heavy Vehicle Extrication?
(by Leigh Hollins)
Leigh Hollins has a refresher course on vehicle extrication terminology and discusses how our understanding of these terms underscores our level of training--or lack thereof.
Vehicle Extrication Basics
Today's vehicle construction techniques and materials require constant skill refreshing and education on modern extrication practices. In this drill from Forest Reeder, you can review your skills on vehicle rescue operations.
Slicin' and Dicin' Cutting Techniques for Vehicle Rescue
Dave Dalrymple discusses cutting techniques and approaches for rescue situations in vehicle extrication. You can view this training webcast now on-demand.
CORBETT'S EXTRICATION TRIVIA
Before the proliferation of ambulances, what was a common means of transport in some parts of the country for motor vehicle accident victims to the hospital?
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|DPU31 Compact Duo Pump
This compact power unit provides simultaneous operation of two CORE Technology rescue tools. Weighing in at only 55 lb (25 kg), this lightweight power unit can be easily carried by one person, and is quiet and fast.
|4050NCT 4000 Series Cutter
With 208,000 lbs of cutting force, New Car Technology high-strength and micro-alloy reinforcements are no match for this cutter. With all of the new 4000 Series cutter features, this is fast becoming our most popular cutter.
|CORE Technology Bulkhead Fitting
Holmatro's NFPA Compliant CORE Technology hose and coupler system now has one more connectivity option to increase your speed and effectiveness on the rescue scene. Strategically place CORE Technology bulkhead fittings on your apparatus and save valuable compartment space and money when compared to expensive hose reel systems.
The Challenge of Training: TERC U.S.A. Provides Education Through Competition
TERC U.S.A.'s regional extrication challenges give fire departments a chance to practice their skills at a variety of vehicular accident scenarios as well as analyze the tactics of other departments.
Fire Investigators Invited to Review Beverly Hills Supper Club Fire
Fire investigators will be meeting at Northern Kentucky University in Kentucky on Saturday, October 18, 2008, to critique the original investigations into the Beverly Hills Supper Club fire of May 28, 1977. Find out how to get involved.
USFA Releases Report on The Apex, North Carolina, Chemical Fire
This report examines the response of the Apex (NC) Fire Department to the 2006 chemical fire, the value of preplanning efforts, and the impact of a well-coordinated response in the worst of conditions.
Visit the FDIC Events Web site for information on:
- Fire Engineering Weekend: Texas, Fort Worth, October 25-26, 2008
- FDIC 2009, Indianapolis, Indiana, April 20-25, 2009
- October 11-12 2008, Distance Education in the Fire Service Symposium, International Society of Fire Service Instructors, Nashville, TN
- October 16 2008, Water Rescue Technician Course, Lifesaving Resource, Attitash, NH
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