Extrication Drill - 08/25/2015

  We practice weekly, in a controlled environment, to make sure we know what to do during an emergency. An emergency is NOT the time to start to learn how to use the tools of the trade!

  This exercise was trying a, luckily, rare type of vehicle extrication. Usually we can access a vehicle from the sides and top. What happens if the car flips over in one of those roadway construction zones with the "cattle chute" formed by "Jersey Barriers". With the "Jersey Barriers" right next to the car on both sides you now have limited access to the passenger compartment!

  To prevent further injury to the occupants in the vehicle the rescuers, during a vehicle extrication, remove the vehcile from around the victims, as much as possible. Having that limited access creates unique problems. In this exercise the vehicle is opened from the back! Not the sides or top as in a "normal" vehicle extrication.

  The first few pictures show the car being flipped onto it's roof.

  The vehicle is stabilized, as is done in all accidents. Then, in this case the rear most supporting pillar, the "C" post, is cut, the side, floor supports are cut, a "come along" is attached to the back end of the vehicle on the exposed bottom, then, using the "come along" and hydraulic rams the entire back end of the car is lifted up using the floor as a hinge giving complete access into the interior of the vehicle.

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

The size, maximum 600 pixels wide, and resolution has been changed on all of these pictures to speed loading and allow 2 side by side on a standard screen.


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