The EXTRICATION ZONE 4-Part Series at F.D.I.C. – April 23 & 24, 2015

The EXTRICATION ZONE 4-Part Series at F.D.I.C. – April 23 & 24, 2015

The Extrication Zone: Hybrid/New Vehicle Technology for First Responders

Matt Stroud, President, MGS Tech

The rapidly growing popularity of hybrid and electric vehicles and other alternative fuel vehicles necessitates that first responders of all levels acquire the knowledge needed for safe and confident management of incidents involving these technologies. Students learn how the systems function, become familiar with parts and their locations, recognize high-voltage hazards, and implement power-down procedures. Fire, submersion, and approach tactics are also discussed, as are air bag systems. ALL LEVELS

Extrication Zone : Large Trucks/Trailers/Buses/Cable Barriers

Firefighter Randy Schmitz, Calgary (Alberta, Canada) Fire Department International Presenter

The focus is on preparing for a response to the inevitable large-scale truck and trailer collision. Topics include big truck anatomy, setup procedures and hazard control, sustained stabilization, patient access, overcoming height, side wall openings, roof operations, disentanglement, patient removal, scene termination considerations, response issues and social media, triage applications, dealing with livestock, and trailer construction. ALL LEVELS

Extrication Zone: Principles of Extrication

Engineer Les Baker, Charleston (SC) Fire Department

The emphasis is on the responders’ responsibility to safely and effectively mitigate motor vehicle collisions regardless of the degree of vehicle damage and level of entrapment. Students are introduced to strategies based on the incident conditions that will help ensure successful mitigation. Covered are communicating the strategies, the role of the disentanglement supervisor in determining the most appropriate initial and secondary tactics, the disentanglement group’s executing those tactics in a professional manner, the interaction between the spreader and the cutter operator, specific working principles of various supplementary tools, and the application of those tools for specific tactics. ALL LEVELS

Extrication and EMS: Coordinating Team Delivery of Critical Care

Lieutenant Rommie Duckworth, Ridgefield (CT) Fire Department

Good vehicle extrication demands a collaboration between rescue and emergency medical personnel. To save a victim (not just chop up a vehicle), you need command, coordination, communication, and care. The objective is to improve the time from extrication to arrival at the emergency department with a focus on “Get in, Get Care, Get Out.” This program incorporates advance life support considerations in the extrication strategy using a real-world approach and shows how most critical trauma care can be managed quickly and effectively by basicC life support first responders. Students gain insights into improving in safely delivering immediate life-saving treatment; reducing time from patient contact to patient surgery; and addressing concerns for special populations including geriatric, pediatric, and pregnant patients. ALL LEVELS