FULL LIST OF Extrication Tips
Set struts to 45 degrees–
To accomplished this, simply dragging the strut by the head with the base on the ground.
Don't cut the battery cables–
Carry a ratchet and a 10 mm socket in your jacket pocket for the battery cables.
Overcoming the Nader bolt with a tennis ball–
Wedge the tennis ball underneath the door handle allowing the door handle to remain in the open position.
Why to use hand tools on extrications–
Sometimes hand tools are more effective than hydraulics.
Use webbing when popping a passenger door–
This keeps the other firefighter away from the operation and in the way.
Run saws at full throttle–
When the throttle is wide open, the two stroke engine will deliver maximum performance.
Beware of exploding struts–
The explosion can turn the strut's extension piece into a missile or cause shrapnel to fly.
Focus on the engine–
A good way to analyze any problem that may arise when trying to start the small engine is to use the FOCuS method.
Communicate to the extrication patient–
Communicating to the occupant can be easily overlooked with the hustle of the incident scene in trying to quickly remove the person from the vehicle. Explaining what we are going to do reduces the chance of any added hysteria when they hear the sounds of crumpling metal.
Survey the scene–
Electrical wires are a big clue that needs to be noticed as soon as possible. At any vehicle crash involving any type of utility pole, pay careful attention to downed wires.
Duct tape the glass–
Using two pieces of duct tape on the window in an “x” fashion will reduce the shattering effect. It helps to keep the glass intact, allowing for easy removal after using a window punch.
Unbolt instead of cutting–
By unbolting, we can use the battery power to our advantage when needed by reattaching the cable to the terminal. This may be the case when we need to move the power seats back for patient removal.
How to make a quick vehicle stabilization chock–
Here are instructions and a diagram for building a two-piece quick chock that you can use to stabilize vehicles. The quick chock offers more flexibility, and places more contact with the vehicle and the ground.
Carry extra turnout gear in your privately owned vehicle–
I was driving with my family last week on a cross-country vacation when we witnessed an SUV's tire blow out, resulting in a three-car accident.
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