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


In my opinion, success at an extrication scene is based off efficiency, tactics, and teamwork. One of my favorite methods to speed up a given extrication plan is “leap-frogging”. If you have ever attended one of my Tactical Extrication Courses, there is no doubt you have learned, applied, and practiced this technique. Now let me walk you through leap-frogging on a total side removal.  

Once the extrication plan is established, the crew assigned to hydraulic tools the desired plan. They work as a single operational unit, completing each “move” without setting down tools and in turn wasting time.  The spreader man is up first forcing the rear door. The whole time the cutter man is behind him anticipating the next move. As the door is forced, the cutter man “leaps” in as the spreader man moves back.  Cutter makes his bottom cut and spreader “leaps” back in to spread the lower B post and so on. They will leap-frog until the plan is completed. The only reason they would stop is to address a safety issue or if a change of extrication plan is required. This method is not difficult; however, both rescuers must know the plan, and each required step in order. Watching a well-trained crew leap-frogging resembles the coordination of well-orchestrated symphony.  Practice this today and in turn, increase you efficiency while reducing extrication times.

ISAAC FRAZIER is a Special Operations Lieutenant with St. Johns County Florida’s Heavy Rescue “Squad 4”. First due to the deadliest stretch of roadway in the nation, Frazier teaches from personal street experience providing tried and true tactics. Frazier is the owner of Tactical Advantage Training and creator of the course Tactical Extrication. Frazier travels nationally sharing his passion teaching fire and extrication courses. Frazier is a Fire Officer II, FL Paramedic, Special Operations Officer, Florida State Instructor, FLUSAR Tech, Diver, and FL Hazmat Tech.

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