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Extrication "Quick Tip" #26 (THE DEEP CUT)

(Yellow symbolizes the backside of the A post, Red is showing the sever from the additional (deep) cut)

One of the most common complaints I hear about completing dash displacements is the lack of actual "lift" or the feeling…


Added by Isaac Frazier on January 19, 2015 at 9:50am — No Comments

Extrication "Quick Tip" #25 (Pull the KEYS)

This week’s “quick tip” seems basic; however, it is incredible how often this quick step is being overlooked. We must get into a habit of turning off the ignition and removing the key on motor vehicle crashes. It is a quick, easy, and often overlooked step.…


Added by Isaac Frazier on January 7, 2015 at 8:52am — No Comments

Extrication "Quick Tip" #24 (Leap-Frogging)


In my opinion, success at an…


Added by Isaac Frazier on December 23, 2014 at 9:31am — No Comments

Extrication "Quick Tip" #23 (Guardrail Entrapments)


Added by Isaac Frazier on December 15, 2014 at 9:02am — No Comments

Extrication "Quick Tip" #21 (THE DASH WON'T LIFT)


Added by Isaac Frazier on November 3, 2014 at 7:30am — No Comments

Extrication "Quick Tip" #17 (Fuel Line Pinch)


Added by Isaac Frazier on September 15, 2014 at 9:54am — No Comments

Extrication "Quick Tip" 16 (FANCY NAMES?)

In extrication you will find thousands of names for each individual method. Many times I…


Added by Isaac Frazier on September 8, 2014 at 8:16am — No Comments

Extrication "Quick Tip" #14 (All About Time)

Many years ago I got into a habit of using a stopwatch to time fire and extrication evolutions. At first many thought it was to show how "fast" we were compared to trucks or to test my crew. But after doing it for a while firefighters realized that it wasn't a test at…


Added by Isaac Frazier on August 18, 2014 at 8:38am — No Comments

Navigating Dangerous Waters

On April 14th 1912, a screeching sound awakened many on an “unsinkable” ship. This couldn’t be happening! They’d said it was impossible; that the ship was unsinkable. When I think of training, I consistently relate it in many ways to the…


Added by Isaac Frazier on August 10, 2014 at 11:30am — 1 Comment

Are you a WOLF or SHEEP?

If you…


Added by Isaac Frazier on July 31, 2014 at 2:30pm — 2 Comments

Firefighter Workout- Intense Interval Overhaul to burn fat...

One of the best ways to incorporate fireground movements into your workouts is to perform what I call "10-minute interval overhauls."  These are 10 minutes of intervals that can vary in work and rest times that are performed after your strength training sessions.  You can read more about these "interval overhauls" by clicking here or see how to integrate them into an actual…


Added by Aaron Zamzow on July 25, 2014 at 12:27pm — No Comments

Extrication "Quick Tip" #12 (Fast Shears)

This weeks quick tip refers to what I call "Fast Shears". While working on extrication scenes we all know there is a long list of objects that will need to be cut (seatbelts, various plastic, wiring, wiring boots, weather stripping, patients clothing, etc). Many times they are small and "annoying" objects that don't warrant the psi and time taken using hydraulic cutters. Everyone claims to carry trauma shears or a cutting device, however more often…


Added by Isaac Frazier on July 21, 2014 at 8:32am — No Comments

3 Ways to Be "Fit for Duty"

Be Physically Ready for Duty- Your Daily Fitness Checkoffs.

At the beginning of each and every shift firefighters, EMTs and medic meticulously go through and check their gear (or at least they should be) to make sure that it is ready for the challenges of the day. Our equipment must be functioning properly and our rigs must be fueled and ready to go. The question that I also want you to think about is whether or not your…


Added by Aaron Zamzow on July 17, 2014 at 10:42pm — No Comments

Efficiency Breeds Speed

While speed during extrication is often critical, it comes at a high price without efficiency.  We must first learn the tools, develop skills, learn the how’s and why’s, practice teamwork, train, become efficient, with the result being speed of the operation.  Speed is the rate of one’s activity, in this case extrication skills.  Whether at a fire, during an extrication, or on special operations, it takes efficiency and training to foster speed. In referencing the…


Added by Isaac Frazier on July 15, 2014 at 8:30am — No Comments

Extrication "Quick Tip" #11 (Directional Pull)

I am a firm believer in the phrase "Never say never, never say always". Just remember each technique you are currently using was more than likely created from firemen trying something new. Extrication Quick Tip #11 is showing a directional pull of a steering wheel using hydraulic speaders, chain, and an A post. This technique is quick and easy to set up with limited…


Added by Isaac Frazier on July 9, 2014 at 7:30am — No Comments

The Ultimate Firefighter Tribute Workout

Today I want to give you a taste of the type of workouts that you will find in the Ultimate Fire Athlete Workout and it comes with great timing and a lot of significance... The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation provides resources and funding (via grants and donations) towards remembering our fallen and protecting our current firefighters.  This "tribute" workout is…


Added by Aaron Zamzow on July 3, 2014 at 12:30pm — No Comments

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Added by Isaac Frazier on June 30, 2014 at 1:27pm — No Comments

Extrication "Quick Tip" #10 (Wreckers)

This weeks tip covers the usage of heavy wreckers on the emergency scene. When teaching I make it a point to ask departments if they work closely/train with their local towing/recovery companies. Nationally the answer is often no. On incidents/extrication involving big rigs, this is one of the most under utilized pieces of equipment at our disposal. They can quickly stabilize or assist a lift to expedite the extrication process. But you must make it a point to train with the company often as…


Added by Isaac Frazier on June 30, 2014 at 8:25am — No Comments

Extrication "Quick Tip" #9 (X Method)

When it comes to extrications involving "big rigs" our methods must change due to vehicle size, load, and weight. This leads into the X Method for stabilizing tractor trailers (rolling). Obviously if lifting is involved then struts, more cribbing, etc. will be used. I will often see crews attempting to control horizontal movement (rolling) by small wedges or chalks. After training one of the ways we found to increase stabilization on the horizontal plane is with (2)…


Added by Isaac Frazier on June 23, 2014 at 8:20am — No Comments

Freedom is never FREE

As I prepare to travel to Ocean City to teach vehicle extrication, I am already thinking of how much I will miss my wife and two children. With traveling to teach this feeling arrives like clockwork. Then I had an epiphany. My thoughts instantly went to our troops and their families. I am leaving for a couple days…


Added by Isaac Frazier on June 13, 2014 at 1:38pm — 1 Comment

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