Extrication Tips: Lifting procedures for strut systems


By Randy Schmitz
Firefighting in Canada

In the two previous issues (January 2008 and October 2007) we talked about basic stabilization and then moved on to more advanced stabilizing situations with vehicles on their roofs and sides. randyschmitzIn the two previous issues (January 2008 and October 2007) we talked about basic stabilization and then moved on to more advanced stabilizing situations with vehicles on their roofs and sides.

Here, we’ll focus on lifting vehicles for patient removal using mechanical strut systems.

When presented with situations that require rescue personnel to lift a vehicle for patient removal or to deal with a trapped appendage, one of our first thoughts is to use the rescue lift bags or a hydraulic spreader to perform the lift procedure. These are excellent choices that work quite well when dealing with a vehicle that has all four wheels contacting the ground and in situations where the patient is under a vehicle.

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