SUBJECT: Advanced Steel TOPIC: Extrication Challenges of Advanced Steel in Vehicles — Part 6 OBJECTIVE: The vehicle rescue instructor/trainer will conduct effective training that simulates the presence of Advanced Steel in an older, acquired vehicle. TASK...
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Assignment 7 — Driver's Side: Dash & Instrument Panel Movement
The final two "work-around" techniques address a hard-impact frontal crash where we normally would roll the dash or jack the dash. The problem, however, with our advanced-steel simulation vehicle is that the A-pillars can't be cut. On the driver's side, assign a team to push directly on the intact A-pillar, the steering column, or on the dash support pipe that runs across the instrument panel with a tool such as a ram. Remember, if a real-world crash had occurred, these components would be pushed onto your patient. You are just moving them back to their original positions anyway. Remind them to sever the dash tie-down straps along the center tunnel if they exist.
Assignment 8 — Passenger's Side: Dash & Instrument Panel Movement
The assigned team on this side also must move the dash, instrument panel, and A-pillar away from a simulated front-seat occupant. Again, the upper portion of the A-pillar cannot be cut, but on this side the advanced-steel simulation ends at the bottom door hinge. The very bottom of the A-pillar can be cut.
TASK: Given an acquired vehicle for extrication training that does not have advanced steels in its structure, the vehicle rescue instructor/trainer shall take steps to simulate the presence of these steels in the vehicle and then shall assign "work-around" techniques to rescue crews.
RON MOORE, a Firehouse® contributing editor, is training chief for the McKinney, TX, Fire Department. He also authors a monthly online article in the Firehouse.com "MembersZone" and serves as the Forum Moderator for the extrication section of the Firehouse.com website. Moore can be contacted directly at Rmoore@firehouse.com.