Thread: difficult extrications
05-04-2011, 12:02 PM #1
We have had a drastic increase in MVAs with entrapment. We have had 4 fatal MVAs in the last year. Some of them have been very difficult extrications. I want to share an experience with you on one of them. We had a young man who had struck a tree with a car at approximately 100MPH. It was difficult to even get the car off of the tree. We had a lot of bystanders from the neighborhood and family watching. There were also a strong line of thunderstorms heading our way. We elected to tarp the car and load it on to a rollback and take it back to our fire station to extricate the victim. The fireman that had to do the extrication felt much less stress and pressure in doing the extrication. It also allowed the coroner and the Highway Patrol to finish their investigations in a controlled environment. While I realize this is a rare occurrence, we have had to do it twice in the last year.
05-04-2011, 12:06 PM #2
That sucks having ... sounds like you did what you had to do to maintain the safety of your crews - and also some of hte dignity of hte deceased. While not ideal, sometimes you have to think outside the box.
When having the vehicle transported, was it escorted by PD/FD?
05-04-2011, 12:36 PM #3
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Sounds like you made the right choice and protected your crew as well as handling the body as properly as possible. I've heard of that being done before, but have never had to do that myself.
05-04-2011, 12:46 PM #4
We actually had a firefighter ride in the truck and a Highway Patrol car followed it to the station.
The family actually thanked us for taking him to the station and not doing it in public. They were going to stay on the scene with us and after we told them that we would take him to the station they decided to just go home.
05-05-2011, 01:44 AM #5
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Our department has been called to a tow company impound lot to extricate a fatality. The accident happened in another departments district. I'm not sure about the circumstances that led them to make the choice to transport that way, it was not a difficult extrication. The police officer followed the wrecker. It was nice to work in a nice clean bay for a change, and original poster is right it takes the pressure out of the situation.
I personally think that this is a good example of thinking on your feet and dealing with the hand your dealt on the original posters part.
05-05-2011, 09:36 AM #6
First time I remember something like this happening was the Carrollton (KY) school bus crash of 1988, which killed 29 (I think). The state medical examiner ordered the bus loaded, bodies and all, and taken off-site for his investigation and removal of bodies. It was very well received by his colleagues around the nation, and a lot of places are doing it with more minor incidents now, especially when fire is involved."Be polite, be professional, but have a plan to kill everybody you meet.”
--General James Mattis, USMC
06-01-2011, 12:19 AM #7
In 35+ years of fire duty, I have done this 4 times. The lack of pressure and lookie-loos made the task much easier, less stressful and enhanced the safety of the troops as they were able to take it slow and easy.everyonegoeshome.com
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