Vehicle Extrication

Course Overview:

All Vehicle Extrication programs meet or exceed NFPA 1006/1670 requirements.

Vehicle Extrication - Level I: 20 hours

The Vehicle Extrication programs are designed to provide fire/rescue personnel with the knowledge to perform extrication from a vehicle entrapment situation in a safe, expedient manner.

The course covers the Command System approach to extrication, scene safety, traffic control, modern vehicle construction and safety, use of hand tools for rescue, use of heavy rescue tools, specific rescue techniques, roof removal, dash displacement, and new vehicle technology structure safety.

The program uses life-size manikins to give students the perspective of working around trapped casualties, yet maintaining a high element of safety.

Students work together as a rescue team to develop a rescue plan, and decide what tools and techniques to use to perform an actual simulated extraction.

Advanced Program - Level II: 20 hours. Prerequisite: Level 1 Basic Program

The program covers advanced rescue techniques utilizing a scenario based approach with vehicles set as in real life accidents. Example: vehicle underride, embankment situations and heavy vehicle involvement are utilized.

Students are trained to read the wreck, develop an extrication plan, and perform the extrication accordingly.

New Vehicle Technology - Scene Safety - 4 hours

This 4 hour lecture based program presents the new technology in today's motor vehicles. Students learn about the new materials and engineering used.

The program reviews new techniques and the equipment required to perform safe, expedient rescues as well as problems and concerns that are encountered.