University of Extrication

  • Roof Airbag Stored Gas Inflators

    SUBJECT: Airbags TOPIC: Roof Airbag Stored Gas Inflators OBJECTIVE: Given a late-model vehicle at a crash scene equipped with undeployed roof airbags, the rescuer will be able to locate the stored gas inflator units. TASK: The rescue team...

    Article • April 1st, 2008

  • 'Crash Course' Quick Drill Series - Part XVIII

    In your next drill, require the team to gain access to the engine compartment without using the latch.In the "old" days, it seems that when fire/rescue personnel needed to open a hood, the preferred tactic was to attack the front hood latch. The basic...

    Article • March 13th, 2008

  • Vehicle Rescue Scene Safety

    SUBJECT: Vehicle Rescue Scene Safety TOPIC: Patient Protection Guidelines OBJECTIVE: Review practices and procedures for patient protection at vehicle rescue scenes. TASK: The rescue team shall review the department's standard...

    Article • February 29th, 2008

  • Safe Parking: 2008 Update

    SUBJECT: Safe Parking TOPIC: 2008 Update OBJECTIVE: Update of Safe Parking Protocols for Responders Working In or Near Moving Traffic TASK: Highway incident scene responders shall explain how department protocols for highway incident...

    Article • January 31st, 2008

  • Airbag Supplemental Restraint Systems

    SUBJECT: Airbag Supplemental Restraint Systems TOPIC: Understanding airbag deployment criteria OBJECTIVE: The responder will list and explain the conditions that must be met to deploy airbags in vehicle collisions TASK: Given a scenario of...

    Article • December 31st, 2007

  • Pressurized Struts on Vehicles

    SUBJECT: Pressurized Struts on Vehicles TOPIC: Vehicle Fire Incidents with Pressurized Struts OBJECTIVE: Review of generally accepted protocols for vehicle fire suppression and comparison of department's current vehicle fire protocols...

    Article • November 30th, 2007

  • Volvo XC 90: Dual Roof Airbag System

    SUBJECT: Volvo XC 90 TOPIC: Dual Roof Airbag System OBJECTIVE: Given a scenario involving a Volvo XC 90 vehicle collision, the rescuer will develop department procedures for dealing with the dual roof airbag system on the XC 90. TASK...

    Article • November 1st, 2007

  • Update: Model Year 2007 & 2007½ - Part 2

    SUBJECT: Update: Model Year 2007 & 2007½ — Part 2 TOPIC: Unique features of late-model vehicles 2007 - 2007 1/2 Model Year OBJECTIVE: Understand unique features of specific 2007 and 2007½ model year vehicles mentioned in this update column and...

    Article • October 1st, 2007

  • 'Crash Course' Quick Drill Series - Part XVII

    It is important for responders to know that spider web on the driver's side cannot be caused by a deploying airbag.Topic: Windshield Spider Webs

    Article • September 26th, 2007

  • Airbag Update 2007/2007½ Model Year

    SUBJECT: Airbag Update 2007 and 2007½ Model Year OBJECTIVE: Understand unique safety considerations involving specific 2007 and 2007½ model year vehicles mentioned in this update column TASK: Given the specific vehicles mentioned to...

    Article • September 1st, 2007

  • Hybrid Vehicle Update 2007 - Part 2

    SUBJECT: Hybrid Vehicle Update 2007 — Part 2 TOPIC: Safety Considerations at Gasoline-Electric Hybrid Vehicle Incidents OBJECTIVE: Understand unique safety considerations involving specific 2007 hybrid vehicles mentioned in this update...

    Article • August 1st, 2007

  • 'Crash Course' Quick Drill Series - Part XVI

    Unlike frontal airbags though, roof airbags do not have a vent hole to allow the pressurized gas to escape quickly.Topic: Deployed roof airbags and your patient

    Article • July 18th, 2007

  • Hybrid Vehicle Update - Part 1 Color-Coding High-Voltage Cables & Connectors

    SUBJECT: Hybrid Vehicle Update — Part 1 TOPIC: Color-Coding of Hybrid Vehicle High-Voltage Cables and Connectors OBJECTIVE: The responder shall identify the three possible colors of high-voltage electric cables and connectors within the...

    Article • July 1st, 2007

  • 'Crash Course' Quick Drill Series - Part XV

    During a test burn, the inner plastic cells of the battery, all 26 in this particular case, had melted just like a 12 volt battery will melt down during an engine compartment fire.Topic: Gasoline-Electric Hybrid Vehicle Fire Testing

    Article • May 31st, 2007

  • "Hidden" Frontal Airbags

    SUBJECT: Airbags TOPIC: "Hidden" Frontal Airbags OBJECTIVE: Given late-model vehicles to inspect, the rescuer shall be able to recognize the presence of, the location and the deployment zone of a "hidden" passenger frontal airbag...

    Article • May 1st, 2007