SUBJECT: Lifting Heavy Loads, Part 7 TOPIC: NFPA 1670 Technician-level Joint Fire/Rescue and Tow Truck Training OBJECTIVE: Rescue personnel shall become familiar with the application of commercial heavy wreckers and recovery services to assist at incidents involving large transportation...
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One scenario is either a car-on-car or a truck-on-car scenario. A mannequin is seated and belted in the driver's seat of the car. The upper vehicle is placed to obstruct the driver's side of the bottom vehicle. Crews work hand-in-hand with the tow operators to accomplish tasks that would be necessary if it were a real-world rescue incident.
A second scenario can be a large vehicle flopped over with another mannequin, lying on the ground, trapped underneath. Both of these scenarios will be handled as though they are rescues, not body recovery operations. Again, crews "respond" and deal with the scenario as you would in a real situation with the exception that in the training environment, everything is controlled and predictable.
A third scenario that will allow you to address even more NFPA 1670 competencies involves a heavy vehicle on a slight incline. Using available equipment such as a winch line, snatch block, pulleys, chain, slings, tow cables, etc., the mission is to move the heavy vehicle uphill and re-stabilize it.
When you contact your local tow operator, you must explain that you are especially interested in having your personnel learn about the use of commercial heavy wreckers and recovery equipment that is available to assist at incidents involving large transportation vehicles. With that as the overall objective, here are some bullet points to cover in your fire/rescue-tow/recovery training. Beneath each teaching point is a recommendation on how that information can be presented during your drill.