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Vehicle Rescue Training for Firefighters: Stabilize the Vehicle

By Dave Dalrymple Although it's not a glamorous or a high-profile subject, vehicle stabilization is critical at an extrication scene and needs to be considered at all motor vehicle collisions (MVCs). Unwanted vehicle movement is a hazard at an MVC and needs to be addressed like any other scene hazard. Although most vehicles end upright and need only a straightforward process to manage them, a vehicle in an unusual position is a situation that poses an increased hazard for rescuers and first responders. There is also the problem of vehicle construction issues: already suffering from crash damage, many vehicles today lose their structural integrity as firefighters perform tool evolutions an...

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