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Lives in:
Wixom, MI
Wixom Fire Department
Senior Firefighter/EMT
Years of public service:
Agency structure:
Combination fire department
Topics you provide training for:
Vehicle Extrication
Areas of expertise:
Smith is a 20 year veteran of the automotive industry in
Detroit where he currently works as a Senior Product
Designer. He has designed and engineered structural steel
components, interior safety systems, and complete seat
structures. Mike is also a firefighter/EMT for the Wixom
Fire Department outside of Detroit, Michigan. He operates
the extrication website Boron Extrication where he blends
his automotive and fire service experience together to
provide leading edge content for rescue personnel. Mike has
taught extrication around the United States with an emphasis
on current and emerging vehicle technologies.
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Michael Smith's Blog

Learning about Ultra High Strength Steels

Consumer Drawings

Ever wonder about those vehicle images that show a color coded picture of the different steels used in the body structure? …


Posted on August 18, 2016 at 7:00am

Why are vehicles changing and why should firefighters care?

Why are vehicles changing and why should firefighters care? First off, vehicles are changing in the United States because of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The NHTSA has a legislative mandate to issue Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS) and Regulations to which manufacturers of motor vehicle and equipment items must conform and certify compliance. The requirements are designed "that the public is protected against unreasonable risk of crashes occurring as a…


Posted on June 19, 2015 at 4:30pm — 1 Comment

Outside the Box:Pedal Displacement

The fire service is no stranger to outside of the box thinking. Here is a simple why you can displace a pedal with seat belt webbing and spreaders. Every vehicle has some webbing it, it's called seat belts. Cut out a seat belt and then snake it around the pedal. Tie the seat belt into a loop that extends around 6 inches outside of the rocker panel. Use the spreaders and the seat belt loop to displace the pedal and pull it outwards.

Make sure the loop extends out past…


Posted on April 26, 2015 at 3:30pm

Why do you train in extrication?

One of my favorite benefits of the Internet is the ability to communicate with extrication trainers from around the world.  So I asked several extrication trainers a simple question. In one to two sentences, why do you train in extrication?

Jorg Heck

It simply doesn't work efficiently without training...

Randy Schmitz

Well in a nut shell I think the removal of a patient trapped in the wreckage of an automobile or other…


Posted on September 1, 2014 at 4:03pm

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