Here's a good question about post cutting at crash scenes that gives me a chance to promote the online webcast. The web people say that as many as 45 members view the program each day.

Question from a Michigan firefighter:

I am writing to you to see if you could point me in the right direction in regards to side impact air bags in relation to what posts to cut or not to cut. Our firefighters are concerned for their safety (rightfully so) when dealing with a vehicle extrication. Any information you can send me or tell me would be a great help.

My reply:
I did a "webcast" on Firehouse.com a month ago. Title was Airbag Update 2005.

If you go to the firehouse.com home page, you'll see the link to go view the program. It's a Powerpoint with my narration that you listen to. There is a ton of good info on airbags.

You'll see that you can cut any post you want...you just need to strip the trim to see what airbag systems are in place. Stored gas inflators are the primary concern. Once you see what you're dealing with, you can work around it at the incident.

The online Webcast has lots of good tips like this.