Vehicle Rescue Training - 9/16/2008

Every Tuesday night we meet for our weekly work night. One of the things we do is practice our Fire/Rescue skills in a controlled enviroment. It's much easier to practice when there isn't life and property at stake. This evening we are practicing Extrication during Vehicle Rescue Training {VRT}. Some of the members are new and have never handled any of the specialized tools we use. This van is one we used for our VR demo during our 3rd Annual Ridge Fire Community Day. For those of you who are trained in VR you may wonder why we are doing some of the things you see us doing. While there was training in the proper way to do VR we also wanted people to get familiar with the tools so there is a LOT more cutting than would be done in a real VR.

In the pictures below you see the car being stabilized. We want to make sure, for the passengers and the rescuers safety, that the car doesn't tip. With this car, as it is still on it's tires, we used four automatic, metal, cribbing devices. These are stronger and lighter than the traditional wood cribbing, which we still have and use, and has the added feature of automatically extending, thus preventing the vehicle from rocking. Third and fourth "doors" were cut into this van. These "doors" are a way of cutting the side of the van to provide access into the vehicle where there wasn't access. In the case of this van there was no door for the second row of seats on the drivers side. This van also has a third row of seats with NO door access, except through the back hatch. While that would be the quickest and easiest way to get someone out, we might need to gain access if the back hatch is blocked. The supports inside the engine compartment and drivers door columm, near the floor, were cut to allow us to "roll" the dashboard. If the driver is pinned under the dashboard, by "rolling" it we can gain access while minimizing moving the driver. Then there a lot of cutting being done just to allow newer members to get a feel for the tools.

Many of these pictures have had their "Brightness" and "Contrast" adjusted to make it easier to see what is going on.



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