Extrication
Written by Randy Schmitz
When it comes to patient removal from crashed vehicles there are many options to be considered regarding the path of egress – issues such as access to the patient, degree or level of entrapment, and compartment intrusion. Rescuers need to determine the safest, most effective and least time-consuming path of patient egress based on the patient’s condition.
Written by Randy Schmitz
In the January issue we talked about air chisels in general, including their basic design, function, proper use and why they are gaining popularity again.
Written by Randy Schmitz
In October's Extrication Tips column, Randy Schmitz discussed vehicle entry. Schmitz has also developed a model guideline for vehicle lockouts that is ready for your department to adopt.
Written by Randy Schmitz
Hand-held rescue tools such as the pneumatic air chisel were the tools of the trade prior to the introduction of hydraulic cutters, rams and spreaders. The chisel still had a place on the truck, but was used less and less frequently as time went on.
Written by Randy Schmitz
The fire service is a public service agency that strives to ensure the life safety of our residents and provide support services for many different types of situations that our residents encounter in their daily lives.
Written by Randy Schmitz
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.
Written by Pete Methner
Today there are many challenges that rescuers face when considering access through a driver’s side or passenger front door.
Written by Randy Schmitz
Gradually you come to, in a daze and confused. You hurt. The last thing you remember is the car headed toward you. Then, a crash. Panic sets in as you realize you’re trapped. You move your head, eyes searching for a way out. Then there’s a voice: Fire department. We’re here to help you.
Written by Pete Methner
Each year, vehicle extrication specialists look at the new crop of models and designs and often think they’re much the same as last year’s.
Written by Randy Schmitz
In the October issue we talked about basic stabilization and dealing with vehicles that remain on their wheels when involved in crashes. This time we’ll focus on situations in which vehicles are found resting on their sides or roofs.
Written by Randy Schmitz
Cross-ramming for severe side impact intrusion
Written by Randy Schmitz
Total sidewall removal
Written by Randy Schmitz
Trunk Tunnelling for Extrication: A viable option?
Written by Randy Schmitz
Lifting bags: Common practices and principles
Written by Randy Schmitz
Stabilization 101
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