University of Extrication

  • University of Extrication: High-Intensity-Discharge (HID) Headlights

    SUBJECT: Electrical Hazards at Vehicle Rescue Incidents TOPIC: High-Intensity-Discharge (HID) Headlights OBJECTIVE: Understand the design and operation of HID headlights and appropriate responder actions to complete when working near these...

    Article • January 1st, 2013

  • University of Extrication: Vehicle Telematics Systems

    In Part 1 of this series, fire/rescue and medical responders were introduced to how the OnStar telematics system functions and learned about the Injury Severity Predication information that OnStar Advisers can provide to responding personnel through our...

    Article • December 1st, 2012

  • University of Extrication: Vehicle Telematics Systems

    In the Introduction to OnStar column (see the October issue), we were provided with an overview of this vehicle communications system owned by General Motors (GM). In this column, we will take a closer look at how the telematics system works and what...

    Article • November 1st, 2012

  • University of Extrication Trainer’s Guide: Vehicle Telematics Systems

    SUBJECT: Vehicle Telematics Systems TOPIC: Introduction to OnStar OBJECTIVE: Responders will become familiar with how the OnStar vehicle communications system is designed and functions TASK: Each member of the rescue team will be able to explain...

    Article • October 1st, 2012

  • Thermal Imaging Camera Use for Patient Accountability

    SUBJECT: Patient Accountability at Crash Scenes TOPIC: Thermal Imaging Camera Use for Patient Accountability OBJECTIVE: Given a scenario of a crash-damaged vehicle and unoccupied seats, the rescue team will be proficient at techniques to...

    Article • August 1st, 2012

  • Seatbelt Restraint Systems – Part 1

    Subject: Seatbelt Restraint Systems - Part 1 Topic: Seatbelt Pretensioners Objective: Given a late-model vehicle, the rescuer will be able to identify the seatbelts with pretensioner systems, understand how the system operates and explain...

    Article • July 1st, 2012

  • Thermal Events – Part 3

    SUBJECT: High-Voltage Lithium-Ion Vehicle Batteries TOPIC: Thermal Events OBJECTIVE: Upon the conclusion of this series, the fire service responder will have a better understanding of the thermal events that can and have occurred involving...

    Article • June 1st, 2012

  • Trainer's Guide: Steering Columns

    SUBJECT: Steering Columns Topic: Steering Columns – Part 4: Lifting Steering Wheel & Column Evolution OBJECTIVE: Rescue team shall be capable of completing a steering wheel and column-lifting evolution TASK: Given an acquired vehicle to train...

    Article • November 30th, 2011

  • University of Extrication: Steering Columns

    A three-part series about steering columns was published in Firehouse® in February, March and April 2006. Steering-column design features, rack-and-pinion column challenges and techniques for moving the column on a side-resting vehicle were addressed...

    Article • November 16th, 2011

  • Trainer's Guide: Safe Parking - Part 8

    Previous columns in this University of Extrication Safe Parking series have addressed many different aspects of operating safely when working in or near moving traffic. Topics such as wearing high-visibility apparel, apparatus and ambulance positioning...

    Article • October 31st, 2011

  • Trainer's Guide: Jammed Door Forcible Opening - Part 2

      SUBJECT: Jammed Door Forcible Opening, Part 2 TOPIC: Jammed Door Opening OBJECTIVE: Given a simulated jammed door on a roof-resting vehicle, the rescuer will understand special actions that need to be taken when opening a jammed front door TASK: A...

    Article • September 29th, 2011

  • Trainer's Gude: Jammed Door Forcible Opening

      Subject: Jammed Door Forcible Opening Topic: Jammed Door Set-up Technique Objective: Given a simulated jammed door on a roof-resting vehicle, the rescuer will demonstrate a single-rescuer technique for setting up and opening up the door Task: The...

    Article • August 31st, 2011

  • Trainer's Guide - Stored Gas Inflators: Locations & Challenges

      Subject: Airbag Stored Gas Inflator Update Topic: Stored Gas Inflators: Locations & Challenges Objective: Understand late-model vehicle use of stored gas inflators for airbag systems and the challenges presented by these inflators

    Article • July 28th, 2011

  • Trainer's Guide - Unframed Tempered Glass

      Tempered glass should be thought of as shrink-wrapped energy. It is a solid glass that just wants to expand into many, many pieces. It wants to get out of its one-piece state and become lots of little pieces. For example, when you break tempered...

    Article • June 28th, 2011

  • University of Extrication: Unframed Tempered Glass

    Tempered glass should be thought of as shrink-wrapped energy. It is a solid glass that just wants to expand into many, many pieces. It wants to get out of its one-piece state and become lots of little pieces. For example, when you break tempered glass...

    Article • June 21st, 2011