Extrication Planning – Part 1

Vehicle extrication is an extremely complex discipline which requires a high level of skill, knowledge and understanding in order to ensure a safe and successful outcome. Whilst it is heavily reliant on teamwork and multi-agency working, its ultimate success requires…

The team approach to vehicle extrication: time for change

The team approach to vehicle extrication is nearly as old as I am, which begs the question: why has it never been revised? No one can doubt that it is a checklist that has served us well for nearly three…

TERC USA – Transportation Emergency Rescue Committee

TERC is dedicated to providing todays emergency rescue personnel with the latest innovations, technology, and education in auto extrication and patient removal, through hands-on training and sanctioned extrication challenges. TERC – USA is an IRS registered 501 (c) 3 Not-…

The 5 step discipline for overturns and underrides

Uprighting a loaded cement mixer, perhaps lifting the rear of a loaded van trailer is an everyday task for heavy recovery operators. Place someone who is injured and trapped in an auto underneath such a vehicle and the challenge begins.…

New languages Holmatro training series now available

The skills required to extricate victims of road traffic accidents are now more complex than ever. And to keep up with new car technology, new rescue tools and new insights into traumatic injury is a challenge in itself. Holmatro has…

New Car Technology: Part 2

Here is the follow up article on new car technology. This follows up where we left off from the last article and should give you some good information on vehicle safety systems. Seat Belt Pretensioners The first line of defense…

New Car Technology: Part 1

“The cars we are cutting up in the junk yards aren’t the cars that are crashing on the highway”  This is the first of two articles on new car technology. Firefighters in the fire service today have more demands placed on them…

The Team Approach to Road Traffic Collisions

In my previous article I spoke about the role of the Incident Commander at an RTC or Extrication Challenge but also touched on how important the team approach is. As I have stated, for the Team to be effective there…

Extrication from an overturned vehicle

A vehicle overturned on its roof is not an everyday situation in vehicle extrication, forcing rescuers to decide, based on the patient’s condition, whether to perform a safe extrication along the patient’s long body axis or to conduct an immediate…

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