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Vehicle Extrication: Strategic Cutting: Weakening the Vehicle to Make It Work for Us

By Dave Dalrymple Dashboard displacement in today's vehicles can be a difficult situation to manage. Although our tools today have increased power and capabilities, the vehicles we deal with usually leap-frog past the tool's ability to manage tasks with ease. With this in mind, firefighters need to constantly look at ways to defeat vehicles to enhance our patient's outcome. One of the tool evolutions that has changed over the recent past is dash displacement. Moving dashes has been increasingly problematic as vehicle construction methodology has changed and evolved. One of the safety features of today's vehicles is their ability to readily absorb crash energy and dissipate it and/or redis...

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