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Extrication "Quick Tip" #10 (Wreckers)

This weeks tip covers the usage of heavy wreckers on the emergency scene. When teaching I make it a point to ask departments if they work closely/train with their local towing/recovery companies. Nationally the answer is often no. On incidents/extrication involving big rigs, this is one of the most under utilized pieces of equipment at our disposal. They can quickly stabilize or assist a lift to expedite the extrication process. But you must make it a point to train with the company often as all towing companies and operators are not the same. Years ago my department started working with our local towing companies and it allowed us for great training opportunities and options for rescue. Recently a good friend of mine Lt. John D'amour established and set in place a policy for our use and dispatch of heavy wreckers. So far it has been extremely beneficial for both parties and allows us to work efficiently together and in turn safely speeds up the extrication process. Give your local wreckers a call and setup a meeting, you'll be surprised at their capabilities.

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