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THE USE OF CRANES AND HEAVY EQUIPMENT IN RESCUE AND HAZ MAT

Issue 3 and Volume 152.

THE USE OF CRANES AND HEAVY EQUIPMENT IN RESCUE AND HAZ MAT BY MIKE SHANNON Cranes and other heavy equipment such as loaders, trackhoes, and backhoes have a have a significant place in today`s fire service technical rescue, US&R, and heavy rescue operations. In the hands of proficient operators, cranes and other heavy equipment can shorten rescue/recovery times while exposing fewer rescuers to site dangers. They can increase the effectiveness of a rescue or recovery operation and can perform tasks that we once looked to wreckers to provide, such as moving and lifting heavy objects, large vehicles, and sections of collapsed structures, that could never be safely performed by a wrecker. Although wreckers can pull and bind a vehicle or container, a properly rigged crane can cradle the same object and carefully move it. We use wreckers to upright objects, and they do in many cases. Many wrecker companies have…

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