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Extrication Quick Tip #8 (CAPTURING SUSPENSION)

One of the most beneficial and under-used techniques is suspension capture.  Capturing suspension is the method of taking away suspension rebound when a load is to be lifted off a vehicle. This technique is extremely beneficial in numerous situations such as under-rides, tree on vehicle, etc. If the suspension is not captured, the vehicle will "chase" the load during the lift until normal suspension height is reached. When the suspension is captured an almost instant separation of load and vehicle will be established and in turn less lift is needed. "Capture" is easily established with a heavy duty ratchet strap or chain with tensioners. With heavy lifting our main goal is to lift as little as possible to reach our ultimate goal and this facilitates just that.

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