Tactics for Commercial Vehicle Extrication – Part 1

Mike Daley talks about the many challenges a responder faces at incidents involving large vehicles. He also identifies some of the specialized equipment used at these events.


One could spend years studying the specifics and designs of commercial vehicles and machinery, but changes in the industry provide new challenges to rescuers every day. Rescuers can benefit by identifying the four potential energy sources listed above, and focus on controlling the potential release of energy that each system holds. Next month, we will be looking at operational considerations on-scene, calculating vehicle and load weight, resources that may be available to aid on-scene and some key hazards that can be found lurking on these vehicles.

Until next time, stay focused and stay safe.

MICHAEL P. DALEY is a lieutenant and training officer with the Monroe Township, NJ, Fire District No. 3, and is an instructor with the Middlesex County Fire Academy, where he is responsible for rescue training curriculum development. Mike has an extensive background in fire service operations and holds degrees in business management and public safety administration. Mike serves as a rescue officer with the New Jersey Urban Search and Rescue Task Force 1 and is a managing member for Fire Service Performance Concepts, a consultant group that provides assistance and support to fire departments with their training programs and course development. Mike has been guest on several Firehouse.com podcasts including: Successful Rescue Operations in Today's Fire Service, Preparing for Tomorrow's RIT Deployment Today and Basement Fire Tactics Roundtable podcasts. View all of Michael's articles and podcasts here. You can reach Michael by e-mail at: FSEducator@aol.com.