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VEHICLE EXTRICATION BASICSBY RICHARD A. MARINUCCI AND LEE A. PANOUSHEK Removal of automobile-accident victims is a critical function of fire and rescue departments. Like structure fires, automobile extrication can be quite simple or extremely complicated. As a critical function, it requires individual proficiency in conjunction with teamwork. Good performance during an auto extrication--which is necessary to ensure safe, proper, and rapid removal of the patient or patients--is dependent on preparation and training. Proper preparation makes operations run smoother and ensures quality care to the patient. There are four components to the preparation phase: Develop a procedure. The procedur...

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