Tag Archives: Firehouse

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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Responder Safety Visor Card for Emergency Vehicles

One of the FireEMSBlogs.com team that I was lucky enough to get to know a little was Tiger Schmittendorf. I noticed on Facebook tonight that a link was posted from the Emergency Responder Safety Institute that Tiger commented on about. Tiger created the Responder Safety Visor Card. The card shown below provides a vital reminder for setting up temporary traffic control at a glance. Print it out and put it in the map book or in the visor.

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Rescue Sheets, It Could Save Your Life!

Working in the automotive industry I’m very proud of all the advancements that the United States has made in terms of making a safer car and protecting the occupants. Many times automotive safety pioneers like Mercedes-Benz are first to implement new costly safety devices in production vehicles. I mean Mercedes-Benz has a car with automatic partial braking that intervenes if driver does not react in face of acute danger of accident. So I was not surprised to find out that a revolutionary extrication tool was implemented across the pond. There is something that an international foundation has started and needs to gain the legs to get it spread around the globe, especially here in the US. The FIA Foundation has developed a standardized A4 "rescue sheet" that includes information on the location of cabin reinforcements, tank, the battery, airbags, gas generators, control units etc. - and indicating adequate cutting points must be used throughout Europe. The best part, the rescue sheets are free! The only catch is that individual vehicle owners, our “customers” if you will, need to print out the sheet and put it on the driver side sun visor.

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