Extrication Zone

VEHICLE STABILIZATION: THE FOUNDATION

Issue 11 and Volume 158.

BY DAVE DALRYMPLE Click here to enlarge image Let’s consider vehicle stabilization and some new tools and concepts (photo 1). Although not glamorous or high profile, vehicle stabilization is critical at an extrication scene and must be a consideration at all motor vehicle accidents (MVAs). Unwanted vehicle movement is a hazard at an MVA and needs to be addressed like any other scene hazard. Although most vehicles involved in accidents end in an upright position, and it is a very straightforward process to manage them, it is the vehicle that is in an unusual position that pushes the envelope and often causes personnel to become more stressed than they need to be. Vehicle construction also plays a role: Crash damage and our tool evolutions may displace vehicle components and weaken the vehicle’s structural integrity. Weakening the vehicle’s structure may assist us at times, but it is vital today to “capture”…

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