Extrication Zone, Fire EMS, Fire Instructor Development

What Is Really Our Biggest Challenge in Vehicle Rescue

Issue 02 and Volume 166.

By ERIC J. RICKENBACH Most readers will probably attempt to answer the title’s question with one of the following three responses: The use of high-strength steels, which make cars more difficult to cut; alternative power-source (electric, hybrid, and so on) vehicles; or air bags and other supplemental restraint system (SRS) hazards. The reason for thinking this is simple: These topics receive the most press coverage. Read any major fire rescue magazine or journal article or search the Internet on the topic of vehicle rescue and, inevitably, you will find readily discussions on one of these three points; this is the reason there is so much time focused on vehicle extrication training. If you respond to the question with one of these three answers, you are following the same thought process as most rescuers on the street today. As a vehicle rescue instructor, I find that even beginner students will answer…

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