Tag Archives: Vehicle Extrication

How to Handle Power Saws during Forcible Entry, by Fire Engineering and Traditions Training, LLC

How to Handle Power Saws during Forcible Entry

Courtesy of Brotherhood Instructors, LLC

You use your power saws for a lot more than roof ventilation, especially if you have diamond blades or carbide chunk blades on them. However, you have to hold your saws in awkward positions, like horizontally or at chest or shoulder height, if you want to use them for forcible entry and vehicle extrication.

That’s why we love this drill by Roger A. Steger, Jr., deputy chief with the Kentland, MD Volunteer Fire Department and an instructor with Traditions Training, LLC. It tells you how to hold your saw in places besides “right below you,” as well as how to position your arms and legs to help support a power saw’s weight in a variety of positions. Read it now at Fire Engineering magazine.

Traditions Training, LLC via Fire Engineering magazine, “Rotary Saw Forcible Entry Positions (PDF)

“I Have Never Used a Blade that Worked as Efficient as This Blade” – Houston Fire Department ARFF

"I Have Never Used a Blade that Worked as Efficient as This Blade" - Houston Fire Department ARFFForgive us, but we have to toot our own horn today.

Senior Captain Ronald Krusleski of the Houston Fire Department‘s Aircraft Rescue Firefighting (ARFF) squad sent us a glowing testimonial for the Fire Rescue Safety Blade yesterday. We’re rightly proud of some of the things that he said:

“We used the 16” Safety Blade on a Boeing 727 fuselage during a four day rescue class. This blade was unbelievable on how quick it cut through the fuselage. We used one blade for a day and part of another day before we changed to a new blade. In the past, we would have gone through multiple blades in one day. I have been in the fire service for 28 years and I have never used a blade that worked as efficient (sic) as this blade. We will be ordering more blades to replace the few we used during our training.” (emphasis ours)

Well, Capt. Krusleski, we’d like to thank you for the kind words and the photo that you took of the Fire Rescue Safety Blade during training:

Houston Airport Fire Rescue Squads Using Fire Rescue Safety Blade on Boeing 727

Find out more about the Fire Rescue Safety Blade today!

Dash Displacement in Newer Vehicles, by Fire Engineering

Firefighting Articles from Desert Diamond Industries

We looked at removing the sides from cars yesterday. Today, we consider the dash.

Vehicle designs change, so vehicle extrication techniques have to change with them, says David Dalrymple over at Fire Engineering magazine. Dash displacement is one of these techniques.

According to Dalrymple, dash displacement has gotten tougher because of dashboard reinforcement and energy-absorption or crumple zones. Emergency workers can deal with these, he says, by making relief cuts in the crumple zones. These are hidden away inside the vehicle, though, so you may need to strip or peel the fender away in order to get at them.

Firefighter with Hydraulic Cutter, courtesy of Fire Engineering Magazine

Courtesy of Fire Engineering

Dalrymple’s article is a little short on photos but long on detailed instructions. We think it’s worth a look.

Fire Engineering, David Dalrymple, “Strategic Cutting: Weakening the Vehicle to Make It Work for Us

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Total Side Removal of a Car, by Instructor 5 Productions

Firefighting Articles from Desert Diamond IndustriesContinuing yesterday’s vehicle extrication theme, here’s a video from Instructor 5 Productions on how to remove the side of a car if the doors jam.

William “Trey” Nelms II and David Brasells demonstrate two techniques in this video. Both start by removing the rear door with spreaders, but diverge in where they cut the B-post or B-pillar after that. The results are the same, though – turning the entire side of the car into a door.

Needless to say, you’re won’t need to use these techniques at every vehicle accident. Just like in forcible entry, try the door before you start cutting and wrenching things. If you can open it, then you can leave the saws, spreaders and cutters on the truck.

We’ll be in Booth 943 at Firehouse Expo 2013 in Baltimore, MD from July 25 to July 27! Read our press release for details.

Vehicle Extrication Techniques, by Holmatro

Firefighting Articles from Desert Diamond Industries

We’ve had forcible entry guides and tips from the New York City Fire Department, Fire Service Warrior and longtime firefighter Pete Lamb. That’s not all you do, though, so we decided to see if we could find something else that you could use. And we did.

Vehicle Extrication Techniques by Brendon Morris, Head of the Technical Rescue Training Department at Holmatro has over 80 pages of useful information, photos and illustrations about vehicle extrication, including use and handling of spreaders, cutters and rams, vehicle design and construction (including a page on hybrid vehicles), crew organization, vehicle stabilization and lots of extrication techniques, including roof, side and door removal, dashboard lifts and rolls and how to extricate victims from heavy vehicles like trucks and buses.

Needless to say, Morris’s guide isn’t a substitute for training, but it’s pretty useful as a supplement.

Holmatro’s Downloads & Information page also has Spanish and Portuguese versions of this document.

Holmatro, Brendon Morris, “Vehicle Extrication Techniques” (PDF)

We’ll be in Booth 943 at Firehouse Expo 2013 in Baltimore, MD from July 25 to July 27! Read our press release for details.