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Technical Rescue: Heavy-Truck Extrication: Truck Types and Hazard Identification

By Steve White Heavy truck accidents are similar to commercial fires in that they are low-frequency events. They require a different approach when it comes to personnel, tools, and tactics. To expand, fire departments respond to more single-family dwelling fires than commercial building fires, just as they respond to more vehicle accidents with entrapment involving passenger vehicles than heavy trucks. Although basic functions of fire attack at residential and commercial fires are similar--applying water to extinguish the fire and ventilation to remove heat and smoke--they differ in their particulars: hoseline size/length and the tools used for ventilation and forcible entry will change. ...

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