Tag Archives: Cribbing

Unusual Extrications; Are You Prepared?

We train for motor vehicle accidents with entrapment but do you train for extrications that involve an object other than another car? A vehicle resting against a utility pole or wrapped around it is a common scenario that we could ran into on a MVA. However, a tree that fell onto a vehicle that was uprooted by the wind in uncommon for most of us.

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Lifting and Moving Operations: An Inch Can Save a Life

Make sure you surf over to Firehouse.com and read a great article about Back-to-basics approach moving heavy objects in rescue scenarios written by Michael R. Donahue, a Firehouse.com Contributor. The article brakes down lifting and moving loads into several great examples that include; Fulcrum & Leaver, Hydraulic Tools, Pneumatic Struts, Pneumatic Air Bags, and Ropes.

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Hurst FDIC Display

Hurst….. Well every major extrication tool manufacturer had a great display of tools set up at FDIC. Hurst had a 2011 Ford Fiesta in a plexi-glass box where factory reps cut it to pieces in front of visitors at their booth. There was also a stack of Boron B-pillars that I would have loved to sneak out the back. There was also an outside demo area by Lucas Oil Stadium where conference attendees could put on some PPE and make some cuts on a car. Best part of the outside demo on Friday was Hurst had a bar set up next to the display!

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Wooden Cribbing Basics

I was wandering around the Internet and ran across a Canadian Public Safety site that has some good basic information about wooden cribbing. The information below is basic 101 cribbing but it never hurts to review the basics.

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RAW VIDEO: Firefighters pull car from underneath semi

A good portion of the extrication of the man trapped in the vehicle under the semi trailer was captured by a cameraman from NBC 25. The accident was on Southbound I-75 between Clio and Birch Run around 6 am. The car spun out into a ditch and A semi tractor-trailer rolled over onto a car. The driver of the car was not killed. In fact, it is reported that he was able to send text messages while trapped in the vehicle.

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