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    Does anyone know of any training for racetrack training, particularly in Texas. We have a large dirt track with races almost every Friday night and I would like to send a person through a class somewhere nearby so we can get some good tactics for dealing with rollovers, crashes and the sort for these modified cars.

    If anyone knows of some websites or something that can get me started I would be grateful. My Google-fu is weak on this subject.
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    Here's an older longer thread on the topic.
    http://www.firehouse.com/forums/showthread.php?t=21118 (Motorsports Fire/Rescue)

    And here's a site I posted in that thread. They may be a goos resource for you to contact.
    http://www.trackrescue.com/index.shtml
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    Thanks for that link. That was the only one still good in that thread. One other hadn't been updated since 2003. I noticed NFPA 610 listed, I'm going to have a look at that and see what all I can gleam from that.
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    This last Friday night at the racetrack, this gentleman came out and let us practice some with his simulator that he carries on a trailer. It worked great as a way to train in getting drivers out of their rig.

    Here's his site: http://www.racinwithneal.com/?cat=7
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    If you follow up on the story behind the FLIPR simulator, you find that it was inspired by the rollover death of a young race car driver in 2007. The safety foundation formed after Ryan Bard's death sponsors the simulator.

    What I like about it is that it is multi-purpose. At a track for example, they allow drivers to get in the simulator, turn it over, and then train them on survival skills to escape a rollover crash. They learn that they have to do certain actions in a certain order if they want to get out as quickly as possible. Loosening seatbelts, which is their first reaction, is actually not the best thing to do initially.

    Also, rescue crews at a race track get to practice driver removal techniques with the FLIPR simulator as well. Training in a sort of real-world environment is a very effective technique.

    "Two thumbs up" to the Ryan Bard Safety Foundation for their continuing efforts. They are making a difference.

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    The gentleman that came out told us about his story. What all happened and his cause to train drivers and first responders. Mainly it sounded like it was for drivers to learn how to escape.

    I am talking to our board about having him come back and do an all day course with some of the local fire department possibly sending some of their folks to it.

    We did suggest about putting pins on the roof so firefighters could simulate removing the roof to extract a patient from it.
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    Along with everything that's been posted so far - get together with several of the senior drivers for an orientation on the cars.

    They can tell you all about their cars, including how to take them apart.

    We have a D.I.R.T. track near here, and such sessions are pretty much a yearly event for those who work the races. You'll want to get examples of most of the types of cars that race there, if possible.
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