Displacing vehicle dash assemblies can be a challenging task at times. Many options are available when a vehicle is sitting upright. However, displacement options can quickly diminish when vehicle orientation changes or the involved vehicle is pinned against various objects. Todays "Quick Tip" will show an alternative technique that is quick, and many times can provide enough displacement to free trapped patients. I have used this method many times when a vehicle is oriented on its side and the patient is trapped by the dash. The pictures shown for this technique (although one was rotated for a better view) were completed on a side resting vehicle. However, this technique can be used in multiple situations.
Dash strapping is exposed and cut. See Extrication "Quick Tip" #7 (Dash Strapping)
Hydraulic spreader is placed in area of console and transmission column.
Spreader is engaged until contact is made with the dash support (crossbeam).
Patient must be supported on side resting vehicles, to support them prior to lift.
Dash is displaced from the center.
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. www.TrainTacticalAdvantage.com