Leadership

EXTRICATING THE BROTHERS IN BLUE

Issue 4 and Volume 145.

EXTRICATING THE BROTHERS IN BLUE TRAINING NOTEBOOK At some point in your career, especially if you are a member of a rescue company or an ambulance crew, you may be dispatched to the scene of an automobile accident involving a police vehicle. The accident may have occurred as a result of a high-speed pursuit or any of hundreds of other causes. The difference between this accident and any other is that it involves a police car and could present a host of unforeseen difficulties for the incident commander and other responders. Primary concerns that could arise when commanding an accident involving police (or some other lawenforcement department) pertain to victim treatment and extrication, unique vehicle construction features, equipment carried in the vehicle and its trunk, weapons, and evidence that might be in the vehicle. In addition, incident command must address issues such as handling the media and police personnel on…

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