You are sound asleep when dispatch notifies you of an MVC with multiple trapped. From the radio traffic, you can tell that it is going to be a good one. The on scene report relays that you have two vehicles involved in a head on collision with both drivers heavily trapped, both vehicles upright, and complete road blockage. The first due size up gives you a slight idea of what to expect. You pass the information to your backstep FF- Head on collision with two drivers trapped, both vehicles upright. Just from that little bit of information my team formulates an “unspoken” plan. The information allows us to pick our tarp setup/tool cache prior to arrival. Due to extensive training, everyone knows their assignment at arrival. This tip is covering the quick tarp layout for a vehicle on it's wheels. Keep in mind I said "QUICK"...(This is not a 15 minute all tool setup). The driver will assess the situation and add additional tools if he sees fit. The setup will vary depending on the level of entrapment and stabilization (light to heavy).
How many times have you seen a crew going back and forth to the truck every time they need an additional tool? Not only does it severely lack in efficiency, it also wastes critical time that the patient may or may not have. The benefit of a quick tarp setup is simple. Quickly place the tools that you may need, and if needed they are in arms reach.
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 FDIC instructor, Fire Engineering Contributor, Fire Officer II, FL Paramedic, Special Operations Officer, Florida State Instructor, FLUSAR Tech, Diver, and FL Hazmat Tech. www.TrainTacticalAdvantage.com