Extrication Drill: Car vs. House

By Forest Reeder


 From the 2009 vehicle extrication e-Newsletter, sponsored by

This drill features a scenario that will challenge the most talented and well trained rescue team. As a company, discuss how your department would respond to and manage this incident using the extrication and rescue tools available to you during these types of operations.

Your company is dispatched to a report of a car vs. building auto accident. The vehicle has hit a single-family dwelling that was occupied at the time of the incident. The driver is still in the auto, is unconscious, and the vehicle is resting partly inside and partly outside of the home. Extrication will be needed to remove the victim from the front seat of the car since the steering wheel and dashboard have collapsed onto the victims lap. Access to the driver’s door is limited by the side of the house. Police are on the scene and with bystanders, are beginning to search the interior. On arrival, you hear and smell a natural gas leak from an unknown location. Use your local SOPs to develop a step-by-step initial action plan for this incident.

Download this week’s firefighter training drill as a PDF HERE.


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.




From the 2009 vehicle extrication e-Newsletter, sponsored by

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