Leadership

RESCUE CHAINS

Issue 3 and Volume 142.

RESCUE CHAINS RESCUE The weakest link on the vehicle rescue scene IT’S LATE AT NIGHT when your unit is called to a vehicle accident. From the sound of the dispatch everything is routine, so you have no special worries—until you arrive at the incident. A compact car is underneath the side of a flatbed trailer, and the occupant of the car is still alive! All of your crew’s training and skills come into play in this situation. The flatbed trailer is raised by the rams of your heaiy hydraulic rescue tool, and the car is connected to your pumper with chains that haven’t been used for some time. The crew skillfu lly pulls the car just free of the flatbed. Then the members go to work, flapping the roof and pulling the steering column away from the trapped patient. Again chains are used, but a different kind than those used…

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