This post is going to hopefully remind you to stay clear of un-deployed airbags when the vehicle sustains damage such as this and touch on new technology that is coming for pedestrians or in this case motorcycle passengers. (more…)
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Here’s another basic extrication technique for you to try at your next training. It has everything to do with brake pedal displacement when a victims foot is entrapped. For more on the old school techniques click here.
In many extrication classes the techniques of extricating a victim’s foot from the brake pedal focuses on cutting. The ability to cut the brake pedal is dependent on if you have a hydraulic brake pedal cutter or reciprocating saw and more importantly if you have room for those tools. Remember, you might just need an inch to get the victim out. What is safest and fastest for the victim and the rescuers is key. (more…)
We have been playing with the UFO from Rock Exotica a little bit lately. The UFO is described as a Universal Focusing Object. A new generation of rigging plate allowing you to position in three dimensions.
Rock Exotica explains that rigging plates excel at keeping your rigging organized. They simplify the situation by multiplying anchors and keeping various lines orderly. (more…)
Here’s some review materials for a tabletop company drill on vehicle fires from Brent Bronner. The motivation for the review came after seeing the GM recall on the popular Cruze do to fire risk, read more here. Also check out previous posts on magnesium vehicle fires with video here and here. Pass it on! (more…)
The extrication world has changed over the years in more ways than one. Vehicle construction, tool technology, and an evolution of techniques has created both challenges and advancements for rescue personnel. As you read this post and watch the video below, reflect on some old school techniques that still work, but also embrace technology in the extrication world. (more…)
We had the opportunity to work with Sean over at TheChipSite when putting the FDT logo (designed by Fire Medic Art ) into action on a ceramic chip. The process was quick, < 2 weeks from first contact to chips on the door step. As you can see in the computerized 3D rendering, the sides and edges can be used for your logo and print space. (more…)
When you see this post’s title you may wonder, when would I need to do that. The scenario is a rare one, however, what if a school bus crash causes significant crumpling of the roof effectively trapping the driver and students that are towards the front of the bus. Here’s an option for school bus roof removal involving a coordinated effort with firefighters and a heavy wrecker.
Involving heavy wreckers at our extrication scenes involves prior training for the coordination to work best in addition to calling for them early when an incident may benefit from the extra lifting capabilities.
We have been fairly busy lately with prop making and training. Below are pictures, descriptions, and a few videos of the props in action. At the bottom of the page is a firefighter field day flyer if anyone is looking for some CE’s this summer in a pick what you play type format. Many of the props in this post will be at the training.
Next weekend at the New York State Association of Fire Chiefs conference I will be presenting a school bus extrication class. Check out the links on the School Bus Extrication page to review before the presentation or to gain more knowledge if you can’t attend. Hope to see you there as we will be talking techniques and challenges with a few case studies thrown into the mix.
Until then we are going to work on filling more coolers.
The brother firefighters at LoneStar Axe LLC were gracious enough to send THE PIG up to Ohio for some fireground tests. We put THE PIG to work for a few days as we had an acquired structure and a forcible entry prop to get the tool into many hands. The only complaint heard was that some firefighters prefer a wood handle over the fiberglass one we used. Wood and fiberglass mounting options are available here. Check out the rest of the review below which includes pictures and videos.
Here is the description of the THE PIG right from the LoneStar Axe LLC website: THE PIG is an innovative and beautifully simple, fire service tool that was developed by an experienced Austin, Texas firefighter. THE PIG combines the two working ends of the flat-head and the pick-head axe. Ask yourself- How often do firefighters actually use the cutting edge of a fire service axe? Firefighting has evolved and THE PIG has arrived to devour every assignment in it’s path. (more…)
One of the greatest keys to forcible entry is practice and repetition. We had a great training tonight with the members of the Berlin Township (OH) FD with my homemade prop that is nearing 800 forces. This prop has been key to teaching forcible entry techniques over and over, especially on commercial doors.
Check out previous posts, videos, and pictures of this prop in action here and here. After reviewing the previous posts on the Gap / Set / Force techniques read on below about filling the gap. (more…)
Brother Chad Dailey (Missouri) and his crew been trying something a little different for grip on poly axe handles. They took a wood burning iron and put a rounded/blunt tip on it to plunge into the handle every half inch or so. These little holes were continued all the way around the handle as far up and down as a normal grip tape would be wrapped. The iron melts a small hole in the handle to a depth of 1/8″-3/16″ and causes the extra material to bubble up around it and re-harden. In addition to the indentations, it creates raised material around each hole.