One of my favorite benefits of the Internet is the ability to communicate with extrication trainers from around the world. So I asked several extrication trainers a simple question. In one to two sentences, why do you train in extrication?
It simply doesn't work efficiently without training...
Well in a nut shell I think the removal of a patient trapped in the wreckage of an automobile or other area is a demanding and time-consuming operation. Today’s vehicles are designed for greater passenger safety with the result that occupants are often “contained” inside their vehicles and are more difficult to access. Extrication techniques need to be reviewed regularly, and new techniques have been adopted to address today’s vehicles. As a matter of fact, vehicles and extrication techniques have changed more in the last ten years than in the preceding twenty in my opinion anyways
Extrication is by far the most "frequent" technical incident. It's a common incident on Florida's I-95 so I can see the results of quality training first hand. There is no "defensive" ops in extrication, just skill and results.
Aside from EMS calls, MVA's are what we respond to the most. Reducing time through better practices in extrication = reduction in time on scene as it relates to the Golden/Platinum hour.
Because it's so much fun to work together with all the different firefighters and to learn from their knowledge and experiences. I think it's very important to pass on gained Knowledge, especially the small tips and tricks to improve the old ways of extrication and therefore help to make the job more effective and safer.
To keep up with the rapid changes in our ever evolving field.
My passion has been about cars since I was a child and vehicle rescue as an entire practice brings that passion forward to my career and lively hood. It is a humbling experience to educate my brothers and sisters to make a difference in the community they serve.
Eric J Rickenbach
It's not just teaching rescuers how to 'cut a car' but to train them to be able to safely provide the best overall care for their patients/victims.
Because no two incidents will ever be the same!
Because we owe it to the communities we serve. We have a legal obligation to attend an incident but we have a moral obligation to be the best we can.
To get faster and safer at rescue scenarios for both the patients and us.