David Pease has over 32 years experience in first response. He is a NC certified Rescue Technician Instructor, Swiftwater Technician Instructor, Confined Space Specialists Instructors, Trench Rescue Specialist Instructor, and Rope Technician Instructor. He is a former paramedic, certified LE Instructor, CPR Coordinator, certified diver, and Chief of the Reds Team – a technical rescue operations team providing response and training to other agencies and industry.
Even with all the new tools and technologies we now have, sometimes the basic techniques work the best. This is the place we should all start.
When responding to most accidents, we think very little about the hazardous material side of the equation. If the dispatcher tells us it is a hazardous materials incident or there are trucks involved carrying hazardous materials then we think about the situation a little different. Learn what extrication expert David Pease wants you to keep in mind the next time you respond to a hazardous situation.
Lifting and Stabilizing
When we look at stabilization we need to consider taking that extra “few” seconds to access our scene and vehicles, and what it will take to properly stabilize the vehicles involved.
We see the bright yellow buses travel our roads and highways everyday. These buses are not only carrying the future of our country, but the future firefighters, rescue and EMS workers that will inherit our plight to protect and save lives.
Trucks have become much bigger, more advanced, and travel much faster than ever before. In order to be able to execute a good extrication, a good basic knowledge of trucks and there anatomy would be essential.
This thought provoking article will probably stir some feelings, perhaps even rub some the wrong way. Especially when we look at our capabilities as a rescue provider, and what our department says we can do. The way a lot of folks see it, if we do some training and the chief says we can do it, then I guess we can. But you know what? Therein lies the problem.
We in the Fire, Rescue and EMS service are typically "A" type of personality and enjoy the adrenalin rush we get from the calls we respond to. Though we love that rush, one of the most dreadful calls one can get is a downed aircraft. With all the questions running through your head, are you prepared to put that adrenalin to proper use?
We must understand that vehicle extrication is an ever-changing technology. We, as rescue technicians, must be able to change with that technology. Another consideration is that we sometimes differ in our approach on how we feel things should be done, and most of the time this can be a positive and learning experience for all of us.
There are several key points to consider when training or performing tower rescues. Remember to train hard, safety comes first, and knowledge is one of the keys to a successful rescue.
As an EMT, you will perform lifesaving functions at vehicle crash scenes and assess many patients over your career. Having some basic extrication knowledge will make you better at this and help you make better decisions at the scene. Most importantly, it will help you work better with the team performing the extrication and have a better understanding of what they are doing and why.
Question: Are you getting in the quality of training you should be, or ultimately wasting valuable time and effort? Most members have a limited amount of time to spare, so if training wastes more time than it should, these members tend to shun training for other things.
When using topo maps and ortho maps you need to have a reference system that will allow for you to find and plot things on the map. There are several systems that can be used, and some are more common than others.