Vehicle Extrication: is the process of removing a vehicle from around a person who has been involved in a motor vehicle accident, when conventional means of exit are impossible or inadvisable. A delicate approach is needed to minimize injury to the victim during the extrication. This operation is typically accomplished by using chocks and bracing for stabilization and hydraulic tools, including the Jaws of Life. Standards and regulations can be found in NFPA 1670 and 1006.
The Fort Buchanan Fire Department crew takes on how serious these types of emergencies could be, and prepare performing variable vehicle extrication training sessions. This scenario in particular demonstrates a single point vehicle raise; the objective is to safely extricate the victim pinned under the front section of the vehicle. Tools used during this evolution; 2 & 9 ton airbags, cribbing set, SCBA bottle, and PPE.