The University of Extrication: Trainer's Tool Box

To assist you with your training efforts, the Trainers Tool Box is collection of downloadable documents that you may use as you see fit in your extrication training efforts.As vehicle rescue instructor, whether you're teaching at a state fire academy...


To assist you with your training efforts, the Trainers Tool Box is collection of downloadable documents that you may use as you see fit in your extrication training efforts.

As vehicle rescue instructor, whether you're teaching at a state fire academy, delivering a county extrication program or just training members of your own organization, there are certain expectations that your students have. One is that they will be safe. Another is that the training will reflect real-world challenges that they will encounter out on the street.

To assist you with your training efforts, Ron Moore has created this Trainers Tool Box - a collection of downloadable documents that you may use as you see fit in your extrication training efforts.

These documents will be valuable to you as you organize your class, as you begin your training, and afterwards when you document the training that took place. Here's an overview of the Tool Box:

Airbag Life Span - A guide to determining if the rescue airbags that you plan on using in your training should be used or should actually be condemned and taken out of service. To download this document, click here. (PDF)

Acquired Vehicle Safety Checklist - A checklist for you to document that you inspected the junkers thatwill be cut up and that you have determined that they are safe to use. To download this document, click here. (PDF)

Power Backfeeding - An explanation of how something plugged into the cigarette lighter outlet may keep undeployed airbags active. To download this document, click here. (PDF)

Cover Your Sharps - Recommendations for protecting participants from sharp glass, metal or other cut and injury potentials. To download this document, click here. (PDF)

Evolutions Checklist - A form for you to use to document exactly what tasks your participants accomplished during the extrication training session with reference to NFPA 1670 Ops or Technician level competencies. To download this document, click here. (PDF)

Eyewear - A guide for proper eyewear for all rescue participants and instructors. To download this document, click here. (PDF)

Hand Tool Challenge - An interesting discussion and "homework" assignment for rescue students to try to solve. To download this document, click here. (PDF)

Model MVA SOP - A template for safe rescue operations at crash scenes. If you do not have guidelines or a policy for how you work at real incident scenes, you better get one going right now. To download this document, click here. (PDF)

New Technology Tour - How to take a brand new car on display at a car dealership and make it into a great training activity.To download this document, click here. (PDF)

Safety Guidelines - A must for you to defend yourself that you properly prepared the site, the students, and your self prior to starting a hands-on training class.To download this document, click here. (PDF)

Stripping the Trim - A reminder about roof airbag stored gas inflator hazards.To download this document, click here. (PDF)

Phases of Rescue - A timed efficiency drill that allows crews to compare their rescue skills against unofficial national benchmarks used by Ron in his University of Extrication programs. How do you measure up? To download this document, click here. (PDF)

PPE Safety - A checklist for documenting that each hands-on participant is properly outfitted with safety equipment prior to participating in a vehicle rescue class.To download this document, click here. (PDF)

Acquired Vehicle Safety Inspection Checklist - A checklist that reviews the key items to assure safety when using an aquired vehicle. To download this document, click here. (PDF)


RON MOORE, a Firehouse.com Contributing Editor, is a battalion chief/fire training officer for the McKinney, TX, Fire Department. He is the author of the University of Extrication series, featured each month in Firehouse Magazine and is the moderator of the University of Extrication interactive forums on Firehouse.com. In 1984, he received the International Society of Fire Service Instructors George D. Post Instructor of the Year award for development of the first school bus rescue training program in the United States. In 2000, Ron was awarded the International Association of Fire Chief's "Excellence in Rescue" award.  You can reach Ron by e-mail at rmoore@firehouse.com.