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National Fire Fighter Near-Miss Reporting System: Vigilant Instructor Prevents Injury

The development of hydraulic extrication tools has revolutionized the field of vehicle rescue. Since the first tools hit the market in the 1970s, they have been credited with saving thousands of lives. The tool generates thousands of pounds of force to spread, cut, push, and pull. The reaction of metal, glass and plastic to the application of these forces can be explosive. Resulting injuries can be devastating. An excerpt from this week's near miss report, which deals with extrication tools:"Our fire department regularly supports EMT refresher training of local EMS by providing vehicle extrication re-familiarization training and realistic vehicle extrication evolutions. We use donated dam...

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