What Would You Do? Trapped Under Vehicle

By Forest Reeder

Your company is dispatched to a report of a man trapped underneath his vehicle. Apparently he used a bottle jack to raise the auto to perform some maintenance and the vehicle rolled forward off the jack. 

The vehicle has trapped him from the waist up, leaving only his legs exposed. He is conscious, in extreme pain, and is able to move his legs. There are no other hazards (i.e. fuel leaks) and he is the only patient. He has been under the vehicle for approximately 10 minutes. Using the equipment available on your apparatus, develop a rescue plan that safely removes the victim.

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Forest Reeder began his fire service career in 1979. He currently serves as Battalion Chief / Director of Training & Safety with the Pleasantview (IL) Fire Protection District (www.plvw.org) and is the Director of Training for Southwest United Fire Districts (www.sufd.org). In these capacities, he is responsible for the design, implementation and coordination of in-service training activities as well as a full-service fire training academy program. Forest holds numerous Illinois fire service certifications and holds a Masters Degree in Public Safety Administration from Lewis University.





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