Pedal Pulling

This article looks at two simple yet effective manual techniques for pedal movement: pedal pull or pedal lift.


SUBJECT: Pedal Pulling TOPIC: Movement of a Brake Pedal OBJECTIVE: Demonstrate movement of a brake pedal by use of hand tools and manual effort. TASK: Given an acquired vehicle and the simulation of a driver with their foot trapped by a brake pedal, the rescue crew will use a...


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Pedal pulling and pedal lifting are techniques that all rescue teams should be capable of accomplishing. It's mastering the simple, basic techniques such as manual pedal pulling or lifting that can give the rescuers an edge at a rescue incident.

TASK: Given an acquired vehicle and the simulation of a driver with a foot trapped by a brake pedal, the rescue crew will use a hand tool such as a rope or flat webbing to manually move the pedal.


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.