Vehicle Rescue Size-Up Training

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The vehicle vs. vehicle head-on collision killed the lone driver occupant. As we examine some of the damage to the Mustang, we’ll correlate the damage and vehicle structural failures to potential entrapment problems and extrication work that might have to be accomplished at a crash scene.

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Steering Wheel Airbag Stored Gas Inflator

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This University of Extrication Newsletter sets out to give vehicle rescue instructors the ability to accurately answer an airbag question. Knowing most driver’s airbag units have sodium azide chemical in their inflator unit, inevitably someone will ask “So which airbag ...

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Double Life for Recip Saw Blades

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This University of Extrication Newsletter takes a look at a feature on a typical reciprocating saw that many rescue teams have but don’t use. The feature is the adjustable shoe. Most rescuers usually disregard it and simply run with the ...

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‘Reading’ the Seatbelt Pretensioner

Seatbelt Pretensioner Deployed

Vehicle rescue instructors should remind participants in your training classes, especially if they are EMS-oriented responders, about how they can 'read' a seatbelt pretensioner system and may be able to get a sort of second opinion about whether their patient was or was not wearing their seatbelt.

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Breeching Through Obstructed Door

Breeching Through Obstructed Door

Here’s an interesting challenge to present to your rescue crews next time you are conducting your next extrication training. Position an acquired vehicle with one closed and locked front door near enough to a fixed object so that it is too close for the door to actually be opened normally.

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Seat Cushion Airbag

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A new technology item that is appearing more and more is the ‘Seat Cushion Airbag’. In the past two years, seat cushion airbags have become popular as an new way of protecting occupants in front seats during a frontal collision.

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