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EXTRICATION "QUICK TIP" #52 (EXTRICATION CHALLENGE)

This week’s “Quick Tip” is simple…GET TO AN EXTRICATION CHALLENGE!…

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Added by Isaac Frazier on February 2, 2016 at 9:00am — No Comments

EXTRICATION "QUICK TIP" #51 (Compressed Natural Gas-CNG)

Compressed Natural Gas, with a name like that, it has to be bad. Right? I was recently asked to provide some information on Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) transport vehicles. Now remember, LNG differs from CNG in that it is super-cooled and…

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Added by Isaac Frazier on January 29, 2016 at 9:13am — No Comments

EXTRICATION "QUICK TIP" #50 (NEVER SAY NEVER!)

IN EXTRICATION, NEVER SAY NEVER

This morning while working on the 50th installment of the "Quick Tip" series, I must say that I am impressed by the changes vehicle extrication has encountered over the years. On the street, new methods are being tested and put through the paces by firefighters daily. The vehicles,…

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Added by Isaac Frazier on January 14, 2016 at 7:30am — No Comments

Stop Exercising and Start Training to Get Fire Rescue Fit...

Before I worked as a firefighter, I was a trainer in both large and small health clubs.  During that time I would see a lot of people exercising consistently and with intensity but only make a limited amount of fitness progress.  Why? Because we are all creatures of habit in the gym and out.  These “snail paced progress” gym goers were all doing the same thing… exercising, not training.  And yes, their is a difference.

What is…

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Added by Aaron Zamzow on January 13, 2016 at 11:00pm — No Comments

EXTRICATION "QUICK TIP" #49 (DON'T CUT THE POWER!)

Disabling vehicle power (battery) is common practice when arriving at almost any auto accident. Cutting the vehicles battery is the first thing shouted with authority, when asked…

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Added by Isaac Frazier on January 4, 2016 at 9:30am — No Comments

Searching Tenable Space

There has been a great push for both firefighters and civilians to understand the concept of “closing the door”.  To them (civilians) it means that they are safer in the event of a fire in the home.  To us, it means tenable space and a greater potential for a save, even in a well -involved building.

 

What if we find a victim in the bedroom?  How are do you plan to take them out?  We are creatures of habit, which means we are likely to go out the same way we came in.  If we…

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Added by Grant Schwalbe on November 27, 2015 at 11:28am — No Comments

EXTRICATION "QUICK TIP" #48 (SAWZALL VS BORON-OH NO!)

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Added by Isaac Frazier on November 10, 2015 at 9:23am — No Comments

EXTRICATION "QUICK TIP" #47 (THE REALISM APPROACH)

In relation to EXTRICATION, are you practicing/drilling for a "A" Plan door pop on an undamaged vehicle...or are we truly preparing our crew for the "real" extrication scene? Most of the time a extrication drill consists of a vehicle and 25 responders, each holding a tool…

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Added by Isaac Frazier on October 27, 2015 at 9:00am — No Comments

EXTRICATION "QUICK TIP" #46 (MY FEET ARE TRAPPED)

If you have ran many entrapments, there is a high probability that you have experienced a trapped foot or two. Even with a dash displacement completed, many times the feet are still stuck in or under the pedals. So what are our options? …

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Added by Isaac Frazier on October 14, 2015 at 8:00am — No Comments

Start your Next Firefighter Workout with This...

Are you still warming up for your workout by jogging or biking or maybe not at all?  Each one of your workouts should start with specific active stretching movements.  In the past you may have skipped this part, but I assure you these exercises will help strengthen and even tone your body.  In fact, if you had just 15 minutes to workout I would want you do an active warm-up routine (or one like it). …
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Added by Aaron Zamzow on September 24, 2015 at 9:22pm — No Comments

Extrication "Quick Tip" #44 (CUTTER WRIST TWIST)

When it comes to extrication tools, cutter torque is one of the most “common” and avoidable causes of catastrophic tool failures. In this week’s “Quick Tip”, we are covering an option to help in recognizing/preventing cutter torque in areas that the cutter blades are hard…

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Added by Isaac Frazier on September 23, 2015 at 9:00am — No Comments

Extrication "Quick Tip" #43 (Tunnel or Cracked Eggs?)

When it comes to extrication, there are as many techniques as you can possibly think of, each with a fancier name than the next. This week’s quick tip is covering tunneling vs. cracking the egg. In both situations, the vehicle is roof resting and you will have extremely limited access to the vehicle sides. The better technique is all in personal opinion. Through extensive training on both I have chosen what works best for me and here is why.…

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Added by Isaac Frazier on September 16, 2015 at 8:52am — No Comments

EXTRICATION "Quick Tip" #42 (A CYLINDER, OH NO!)

During many of my Tactical Extrication Courses, students will occasionally come across compressed airbag cylinders located throughout the vehicle. Anyone who has taken one of my classes knows that I always push peeling back plastic and exposing posts/pillars to…

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Added by Isaac Frazier on August 27, 2015 at 7:00am — No Comments

Extrication "Quick Tip" #41 (INVERTING THE LIFT)

At this point in the "Quick Tip" series we have covered many different methods and extrication tactics. If you haven't been following, take a look back and review many of the dash displacement methods in this series. While teaching Tactical Extrication Courses, students typically get the…

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Added by Isaac Frazier on August 12, 2015 at 8:56am — No Comments

Extrication "Quick Tip" #40 (IT'S CRITICAL)

While riding the Squad yesterday, I worked an extrication involving a Florida Highway Patrol cruiser that was struck from behind on I95. The trooper was investigating a MVC that we responded to and cleared about an hour prior. After thinking about the circumstances, I…

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Added by Isaac Frazier on August 5, 2015 at 8:30am — No Comments

Extrication "Quick Tip" #39 (Dash Butterfly)

It’s 4AM and your company is dispatched to an MVC with entrapment. You arrive and find one vehicle against a large tree with the passenger heavily trapped by the dash. Due to the damage, the vehicle cannot be moved from the tree and passenger side access…

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Added by Isaac Frazier on July 27, 2015 at 9:28am — No Comments

WITH TRAINING...DON'T BE AN INBRED!

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Added by Isaac Frazier on July 8, 2015 at 10:11am — No Comments

Extrication "Quick Tip" #38 (ALT. STEERING WHEEL LIFT)

First off, look at this method as just another tool in your extrication tool box. I have found that this method comes in handy in limited access situations. Think of the steering wheel displacements you have been shown in the past…come-a-long to the front bumper,…

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Added by Isaac Frazier on June 23, 2015 at 8:20am — No Comments

Extrication "Quick Tip" #37 (THE WALKAROUND)

What are you accomplishing during your extrication walk-around?

Many times a walk-around is incorrectly used as an…

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Added by Isaac Frazier on June 8, 2015 at 8:26am — No Comments

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