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Extrication "Quick Tip" #13 (POP FROM THE TOP)

In vehicle extrication, many methods remain simply because it's the way that we have "always" done it. We must look at each technique and evaluate the technical WHY'S. For example, the routine door pop is executed many different ways. As shown working for the top (see top photo) consistently results in a quick door pop by using stronger portions of the door as spreading points and in turn minimizing delamination and "slick spots". Looking at attacking from the side (bottom photo) you can see that delamination will occur and small spreads to a stronger portion of the door is necessary. Am I saying not to attack from the side? No, because each door pop will vary depending on the intrusion and damage. What I am saying is look at why you are spreading in a particular area and evaluate its effectiveness for consistent success.

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 Florida Fire Officer, FL Paramedic, Special Operations Officer, Florida State Instructor, FLUSAR Tech, Diver, and FL Hazmat Tech. 

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