By John M. Malecky
Vehicle Extrication, A Practical Guide
By Brian G. Anderson
FIRE ENGINEERING Books & Videos
1-800-752-9764 OR 1-918-831-9421
Item Number: 1-59370-021-0
Price; $69.00 + S & H
This book is soft cover and measures 8 1/2 inches by 11 inches. It has 573 pages. The author is a battalion chief with the Metro Dade County (FL) Fire Rescue and is a licensed fire instructor, paramedic and firefighter. He is fire/EMS liaison to the William Lehman Injury research Center at the Ryder Trauma Center in Miami and serves as an instructor in Miami-Dade Fire Rescue’s Officer Development.
The book is subtitled, “a practical guide” and I have to agree it is every bit of one. The author doers an excellent job of covering all bases. He knows that emergencies in the field vary greatly from the classroom and training ground and stresses gaining knowledge and developing skills, performng a good size up, noting the presence of hazards, and making tough decisions, all of which is laid out in the first chapter.
The book also features many photos-more than 1,000, according to the publisher. For example, provides 18 photos of a heavy duty wrecker illustrating for the most part, the different components these trucks have for towing. It’s a book that illustrates everything important in helping the reader carry out an extrication.
There are 11 chapters: Getting Organized, Tools, Equipment and Apparatus, Stabilization (with 17 procedures), Door and Side Procedures (24 of them), Roof Procedures (19), Interior Procedures (25), Crash Related Impalement (eight procedures), Entrapment Beneath and Between Vehicles (12 procedures), Trucks and Tractor Trailers (27 procedures), Extrication Procedures for School and Transit Buses (26) and Sport and Race Vehicles. The last chapter has an appendix with 60 photos on things to think about. These photos address tips and different parts of the vehicles which are of concern. The book also offers information on hybrids. Procedures in many cases cover the same type evolution with different types of tools.
John M. Malecky is a 32-year veteran of the Bayonne (NJ) Fire Department and a battalion chief (retired) with Battalion 2. He joined the department in 1970 and was named a lieutenant in 1987, a captain in 1994, and a battalion chief in 2000. He is author of Apparatus Deliveries in Fire Engineering.