SUBJECT: Extrication Skills Scenario TOPIC: Hood Forcible Entry OBJECTIVE: Given an acquired junk vehicle and tools and equipment carried by the department, the rescuer will develop alternative techniques for forcing entry on a closed and latched vehicle hood. TASK: The rescue team...
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You stood at the side of the vehicle, which is safer. You pried on top of the firewall area, which is considerably stronger than that flimsy plastic front grill and bumper you are used to prying off of. The best part is that when you are done, the whole engine compartment is exposed. Pry, wedge, cut. Two firefighters, two wedges, a pry tool and a cutting tool, and you'll have it done in two minutes!
TASK: The rescue team shall use tools carried on apparatus that typically responds to vehicle-related incidents to force entry into the engine compartment area of an acquired vehicle as if to accomplish electrical system shutdown; however, the hood must remain latched during the entire training evolution.
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.