I am a firefighter with a local volunteer department here in WV. I will be 18 in Nov of this year and I am also a Senior in HS. In order to graduate from my school we must do a project. I have chosen to do mine on Rescue Technologies. I am currently doing research on this topic. I am expecially interested in doing car extriaction so that is going to be my focus. I was just wondering if any of you out there would be able to help me with getting websites, or sharing your experiences with me. If you can please do so I need all the help I can get.
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I can help you get stuff for your senior project. Below is a partial list of sources for vehicle rescue stuff. Let me know if you need more help. I even have PowerPoint slide presentations that you could present in class.
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Plano (TX) Fire Rescue
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Here's a preliminary report on sources of info I personally use to stay up-to-date on vehicle rescue. They're not in any particular order, just listed within similar groupings. Many of them are world wide web sources I access online.
MAGAZINES & NEWSLETTERS-
o My "University of Extrication" series in each issue of Firehouse Magazine will run as a regular monthly column. It is a series of brief articles to keep everyone up-to-date on new things that I constantly discover about vehicles and vehicle rescue information. Check out the University of Extrication 'archives'. those are past articles that have been published in Firehouse magazine.
o A private organization publishes a free newsletter called Status Reports. The organization is the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety(IIHS), based in Arlington VA. This group reminds me of a "Ralph Nader-type" operation but they really have a lot going for them. They are online also. http://www.hwysafety.org They have a second group within their organization that does other car research. Check out http://www.carsafety.org
You should request a free subscription to their publication, Status Reports. It is a neat little desktop publishing newsletter, with great color photos of actual crash testing done by IIHS. Status Reports always has good vehicle safety info in each issue and it's free. Their address is 1005 North Gleebe Rd, Arlington VA 22201 Their phone number is (703) 247-1678
o I subscribe to two consumer magazines that always give me good advance notice about new vehicle features. I read Popular Science Magazine and Popular Mechanics. I get two-year subscriptions to make the magazine cost about $.75 per issue. You could also read their current articles in the public library.
o I wrote a textbook on car rescue that is published by Mosby-Yearbook. You can get info about it by checking with JEMS at http://www.jems.com or by phone at 800-240-0703. It's title is VEHICLE RESCUE & EXTRICATION. Cost is about $35. The New York City Fire Department has officially listed it as their book for vehicle rescue training. It is now referenced in FDNY promotional exams.
o Fire Protection Publications, Stillwater OK publishes the IFSTA manuals. I helped with the book entitled RESCUE, First Edition.
It contains information on vehicle rescue and a separate chapter I wrote on bus rescue. Photos were taken during my Bus Rescue seminar practical skills session in Pennsylvania.
o Tape #6 of the CARBUSTER series is on School Bus Rescue with me as an on-camera presenter for selected portions. Program was designed by two of the leading authorities in the extrication field, Steve Kidd and John Cjakowski of Orange County FL. This videotape package is sold by Mosby-Yearbook and is available through the JEMS Bookstore.
ONLINE INFORMATION SOURCES-
o Online automobile-specific world wide web sites that I always visit just to browse over publicity info about new cars include these two. They are designed for consumers but if you read between the lines, it gives you things to check out when you visit new car dealerships.
o Good online newspaper and television news reports, available online, that constantly run feature stories about vehicles include;
USA Today-News:Life: search for auto
<A HREF="http://<http://www.cnnfn.com>" TARGET=_blank><http://www.cnnfn.com></A>
o Online magazines with automobile information in each issue include;
Popular Mechanics available online at <A HREF="http://<http://popularmechanics.com>" TARGET=_blank><http://popularmechanics.com></A>
o Almost every car manufacturer has an Internet address. Use Yahoo and search by manufacturer. I like Volvo's pages, BMW lets you design a car, and GM, Chrysler, Ford, etc., all have safety info on their sites that you need to see. I was just at Mitsubuishi's site at <A HREF="http://<http://mitsucar.com>" TARGET=_blank><http://mitsucar.com></A>
Other URL addresses include;
<A HREF="http://<http://www.bmwusa.com/driving/ownership/safetytips/safetytips.html>" TARGET=_blank><http://www.bmwusa.com/driving/ownership/safetytips/safetytips.html></A>
<A HREF="http://<http://www.usa.mercedes-benz.com>" TARGET=_blank><http://www.usa.mercedes-benz.com></A>
Try the following web-sites for up-to-date information specifically for
emergency responders and airbags.
HTTP://WWW.holmatro-usa.com. - The Holmatro Tool web-page. You have to register to gain access to the detailed info., but they have lived up to their promise and not forwarded any SPAM or anything else my way. Even if you are not a Holmatro user, this web-site is one of the best currently available.
HTTP://WWW.nhtsa.dot.gov. - the official web-site of the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration. Make sure you visit their accident report documents <A HREF="http://<http://www.ntsb.gov/Surface/Highway/Highway.htm>" TARGET=_blank><http://www.ntsb.gov/Surface/Highway/Highway.htm></A>
HTTP://www.actsinc.org. - the official web-site of the Automotive Coalition for Traffic Safety, Inc. They provide excellent information and if you look under "publications", they have a 48-minute videotape available for a mere $15.00 that details "Emergency Procedures for Airbag Equipped Vehicles". This videotape itself is worth it.
o The IAFC has a committee called TERC. That stands for Transportation Emergency Rescue Committee. Their home page is <A HREF="http://<http://www.terc.org>" TARGET=_blank><http://www.terc.org></A> . It is rapidly becoming a valuable www site for linking vehicle rescue information and sources. This group also conducts their big annual event called the International Auto Extrication Competition and Learning Symposium. There are also regional competitions to win a berth at the International event. You should really go to the regionals or the International if you want to give your vehicle rescue knowledge a quantum leap forward!
Vehicle rescue teams from around the world actually compete for trophies in a competitions that involves scenarios. I attend the International every year and it is a great competition along with a training conference and outside demonstrations. The 1997 event is in Canada. Coordinator is George Klemm. You can contact TERC online at <http://www.terc.org> and look for the link to the competition detailing the dates and conference info.
From the TERC web site, you can link to other active groups around the world who focus on advancing the field of vehicle rescue. The Upstate Extrication group in New York State, the Canadian Automotive Rescue Society, and the English Car Users Entrapment Extrication Society are just some of the more dynamic and progressive groups you should become familiar with.
INFORMATION SOURCES WITHIN YOUR LOCAL COMMUNITY-
o On-site visits to new car dealerships is vital. The first time I visit, I go in and just gather mass amounts of every brochure they've got. I take these home and study them. Almost every manufacturer now has a very visible section on their vehicle's safety features. As I read this literature, it is very important to make separate notes on a piece of paper. I mark down anything that catches my eye...what car make/model...what item to check out...etc. This becomes my shopping list for my return visit to the dealerships.
On the second trip to the dealerships, I come armed with a hit list of items to check out and my still camera. I ask permission to photograph everything I need during the new car inspection. Between these snapshots and the color literature, I've got some great training aids on the newest of the new car features. Also, I plan on being surprised. I always come back with more new things photographed than I went in to shoot in the first place. Bring an extra roll of film. When you're on a shoot, you don't want to stop.
o Regional Auto shows are a great place to see future cars and cut-away views of new vehicles. Manufacturer's have technical reps there and they really can get you the info you want. Ask a big car dealership what big auto shows will be held in your area and plan on going. Walk up to each display area, explain you're an instructor with EMS or with the fire department and ask what new safety stuff they have to show you. Always get their literature and bring a camera. Many of my photos of new car stuff comes from auto shows where they have cut-away vehicles on display.
This is just a quick rundown of places I go to obtain new and current vehicle rescue information. The one source I didn't list is you. As much as I share with others, I learn twice as much by being a good listener.
I'll share info with you as much as I can and if you find something out that we should all know about, let me know. Please share sources you use to keep your vehicle rescue training program up-to-date. I'll work together with you so we can all make our vehicle rescue training better and our accident scene operations safer and more efficient.
To paraphrase the military's famous recruitment slogan about my love of vehicle rescue... "It's not just my hobby...it's an adventure!"
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