Leadership

Seven Steps Define an Approach to Emergency Extrication Operations

Issue 2 and Volume 135.

Seven Steps Define an Approach to Emergency Extrication Operations features As the fire service becomes increasingly involved in the field of accident victim extrication, the fire officer must become more aware of his responsibilities and duties in these emergency situations. Planning is a time-proven method of coping with fireground problems, and it is my suggestion that extrications, as well as all other nonfire emergencies, can greatly benefit from the application of such foresight. By using the acronym RESPECT to signify the following steps—respond, evaluate, stabilize, protect, extricate, coordinate and transport—we can define the areas of concern and chart our approach. Respond Response is the first direct action taken and therefore should be closely examined. Operations which get off to a bad start tend to stay bad. Of immediate concern is the location of the accident. Is it on a limited access highway? Will traffic be blocked, making an alternate response…

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