I hope that everyone had the time to take in a few extrication classes while you were at FDIC. If you didn’t, or didn’t make it to FDIC than take a look at the Fire Engineering Training Minutes by Battalion Chief Steve White from the Fishers (IN) Fire Department and Battalion Chief Todd Taylor from the Wayne Township (IN) Fire Department. Also in the video is Kurt Connect from Zore’s Inc. They discuss the use of heavy wreckers to free vehicles crushed by other vehicles. If you ever get the chance to talk with Chief Taylor ask him about how his department uses heavy wreckers and how long it took to nurture that relationship. I met Chief Taylor at Zore’s Inc this year while teaching vehicle extrication HOT classes and he, along with Chief White are a wealth of information. I also sat in on their Large Truck Extrication lecture at FDIC and was glad I did!
Remember this simple question, how long does it take to get 20 years experience? 20 years! As many baby-boomers retire from the fire service we need to make sure we get as make of their accumulated knowledge as we can.
Here’s a great tip to take away from the video:
Hook the non-weld side of the link on the chain into the throat of the hook. Hooking the weld point of the chain link onto the throat of the hook will create a weak point.