Extrication Challenges of Advanced Steel In Vehicles: Part 5 — New Rescue Techniques

SUBJECT: Advanced Steel TOPIC: Extrication Challenges of Advanced Steel in Vehicles: Part 5 OBJECTIVE: The rescuer will understand optional techniques to consider when confronted with a person trapped in a crash-damaged vehicle with an advanced steel...


SUBJECT: Advanced Steel TOPIC: Extrication Challenges of Advanced Steel in Vehicles: Part 5 OBJECTIVE: The rescuer will understand optional techniques to consider when confronted with a person trapped in a crash-damaged vehicle with an advanced steel structure and the department does not...


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SUBJECT: Advanced Steel

TOPIC: Extrication Challenges of Advanced Steel in Vehicles: Part 5

OBJECTIVE: The rescuer will understand optional techniques to consider when confronted with a person trapped in a crash-damaged vehicle with an advanced steel structure and the department does not possess the ability to cut the advanced steel.

TASK: Given an acquired vehicle with a simulated advanced steel structure, the department's rescue tools, and the scenario of a broadside collision, the rescue team will perform optional techniques that could be used to free a trapped occupant that do not involve cutting into or through any of the simulated advanced-steel areas of the vehicle.

In Part 5 of the University of Extrication series on advanced steels, we present a pictorial guide to optional techniques that could be considered when a person is trapped in a late-model vehicle that has advanced steel in its structure. The scenario is that the rescue team does not have the capability of cutting the advanced steel and have decided to utilize alternative techniques. These alternative techniques include the "Pie Cut", "Lifting the B-Pillar", "Spreading the B-Pillar", "Ramming the Roof Off", and "Total Sunroof" evolutions.

TASK: Given an acquired vehicle with a simulated advanced steel structure, the department's rescue tools, and the scenario of a broadside collision, the rescue team will perform the "Pie Cut", "Lifting the B-Pillar", "Spreading the B-Pillar", "Ramming the Roof Off", and "Total Sunroof" evolutions.

RON MOORE, a Firehouse® contributing editor, is a battalion chief and the training officer 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.