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When confronted with a vehicle on it's side, many fire/rescue agencies are accustomed to using cribbing or ropes to stabilize a vehicle. This can serve as a temporary measure towards a truly stabilized vehicle. The use of rescue struts has been around for quite sometime but few rescuers receive the quality training needed to perform such operations.
When cutting roof posts, roof rails, and displacing critical elements that support the vehicle while on its side or on its roof, consideration should be given towards where struts are placed.
When placing struts on a vehicle on its side, do you prefer struts on the chassis side or the passenger side?
In your response, please justify and explain your position. I am looking for a variety of perspectives for some training I am looking to conduct.
Please watch the video below. Notice the cribbing but no support on passenger side. Struts were placed on chassis side.