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Rescue equipment in 2012: Tools for tech rescue; Simple hybrid extrication

In this Issue

Dear FireRescue1 Member,

In this edition of our Featured Product Supplement series, we take a closer look at extrication and rescue equipment. Hybrid vehicles confront firefighters with a new set of challenges and hazards, and our rescue expert outlines how to take a systematic approach hybrid vehicle extrication to ensure responder and victim safety.

And nearly every fire department is expected to perform some level of technical rescue. If you are just getting into the tech-rescue game, here are the tools you'll need to perform these rescues.

We also took to our Facebook page to ask our fans what improvements they wanted in extrication tools, and boy, did they come up with some compelling suggestions. Lastly, a panel of experts on extrication equipment weigh in on the current trends and consider what changes may be on the horizon.

— Rick Markley, FireRescue1 Editor

Fr1 roundtable
Extrication tools: What the experts say
The automotive industry seems to roll out new safety features, new fuel sources and new configurations each year. This has kept both firefighters and extrication manufacturers trying to keep up. Stay in the know
FR1 Exclusive
Extrication tools: What you want
We asked readers to throw off the constraints of money and physics and tell us what improvements they want to see in extrication tools. And dream they did. Star Trek transporter
Featured Survey
2012 FR1 survey: Rescue equipment
Readers said that the one rescue discipline they wanted to learn about the most was auto extrication — probably because it's the type of rescue most often performed. View full results
FR1 Exclusive
Tools for tech rescue response
Firefighters are now expected to perform at least basic rescues. Here's the training and equipment you will need to meet those expectations. What is tech rescue?
FR1 exclusive
Hybrid vehicle extrication made simple
Rescues from hybrid vehicles present a set of unique safety and technical challenges. To work around this, rescuers must learn some fundamentals. Tools you need FireRehab FlashoverTV FireGrantsHelp
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