- New Vehicle Technology: This isn’t your father’s Oldsmobile
- Three lengths available:
- 60 Minute
- 2 Hours
- 4 Hours
- The objective of this class is to provide a bumper to bumper update of continually changing vehicles. The impact of increased fuel economy standards on vehicle body structures, as well as current and future government crash standards are covered in a practical method that can be implemented on scene and during department training. Among the topics covered are battery locations and access, safety technologies (i.e. airbags, seat systems, laminated glass, active headrests, occupant ejection mitigation and classification systems) and stronger body structures that automakers continue to implement to meet tougher government requirements. Students will gain a practical understanding of the hidden hazards in late model vehicles that can affect the operational techniques and safety of rescuers. Refined extrication techniques will be covered to combat every vehicle on the road with tools already on your apparatus. This presentation is a living and constantly evolving presentation that is updated to keep up with the new technology and features as the automakers install them in vehicles.
- Michael Smith
- Mike Smith is a firefighter/EMT for the Wixom Fire Department outside of Detroit, Michigan. Mike is a 19 year veteran of the automotive industry in Detroit as a Senior Product Designer for Lear Corporation. He has designed and engineered structural steel components, interior safety systems, and complete seat structures. He operates the extrication website Boron Extrication were his automotive and fire service experience is blended together to provide leading edge content for rescue personnel. He is a contributing author to Fire Rescue, www.firefighternation.com, and Hemming’s Fire and Rescue magazines. Mike has taught extrication classes throughout the United States with an emphasis on current and emerging vehicle technologies.
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