Emergency personnel work at the scene of a single vehicle crash that injured two teens in the 2700 block of Beattie Road in Dalton Township, north of the River Road intersection at about 11:40 a.m. Tuesday, August 21, 2012. Driver Harold Willis, 18, and passenger Jordan Ritsema, 16, were trapped when the car left the road and struck a tree.
A school bus hit a van and sent it over a fence and a concrete retaining wall, into a stream. Fluids leaked from the vehicle into the stream, and the Vineland City Fire Department used Res-Q-Jack struts to stabilize the van in order to mitigate fluid leaks.
A teen driver rolled over and into a tree after swerving off the road. Firefighters used Res-Q-Jack struts to stabilize and lift the car, in order to safely extricate the young man. They then transported him to the hospital. The photo and caption from the Elmira Star-Gazette appears below:
Res-Q-Jack struts were deployed for stabilization of a pick-up truck, which was on its side and had slid approximately 150 feet. With the vehicle stabilized, the firefighters were able to remove the roof and extricate the entrapped patient.
Harwich.....Around 6PM Wednesday a woman traveling west on Route 124 near Long Pond Drive lost control of her car and smashed into a tree leaving her Toyota Camry precarious on its side. Harwich Fire and Rescue had to brace the vehicle with stabilizer bars before any attempt was made to remove her. She can be seen in the vehicle being comforted by Firefighter/Paramedic Craig Thornton (partially hidden). After 20 minutes firefighters were able to safely remove her and transport her to Cape Cod Hospital. Harwich police are investigating the cause of the accident.
In about 30 minutes, Monday's storm swept across Chattanooga/Hamilton County leaving behind 40,000 people without power. 60-70 mph winds blame for much of the trees and power lines that fell on top of houses and covered busy streets. Around the county, Emergency Service personnel spent the afternoon and into the evening answering emergency calls.
Res-Q-Jack struts were used to stabilize the pictured home and rescue a man trapped inside after a huge tree fell on the house, splitting it in two.
Kingston Ma, Firefighters responded to an MVA on Cranberry Rd. Arriving units found a vehicle on it's side with one occupant trapped. Firefighters stabilized the vehicle then cut the roof off the vehicle to gain access to the patient. One victim was transported to Jordan Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
Burlington — The Burlington Fire Department came to the rescue of Jay and Anu Dixit of Burlington who were trapped in their 1998 Toyota Corolla which rolled onto a frozen snow bank on Skilton Lane on Feb. 9. The elderly couple were both wearing seatbelts and did not suffer any injuries. They remained in the vehicle until the rescue crew was able to stabilize the car.
Four firefighters and two EMTs helped stabilize the vehicle using rescue jacks, according to Lieutenant Andrew Connerty of the Burlington Fire Department. He was glad noone was injured because it allowed them to take their time stabilizing the car to prevent it from rolling further. "Once the car was stabilized, we extricated them from the other side," said Connerty.
According to Jay who was driving, they were on their way to visit their daughter on Skilton Lane at approximately 1:30 p.m. when his wife, Anu, spilled a cup of coffee she was drinking. He became distracted as he looked over to see what happened and the next thing he knew, his car was on its side, on top of a snow bank.
Maureen McCauley of 10 Skilton Lane, across from where the accident occurred, saw what happened from her window and immediately called 911 to get help.
When Anu emerged from the car, she was visibly upset. She said she was very worried the car was going to completely rolll over. Dixit's son-in-law, Shantilal Patel was shocked when he arrived at the scene after receiving a call from Jay. He was thankful they were both safe.
A Newtown Square girl was rescued, 2 p.m., Jan. 24, after her SUV traveled into the ravine in the 300 block of North Malin Road, said Marple Police.
The 18-year-old, operating a 1997 Nissan Pathfinder, was driving in the 100 block of the street when the vehicle failed to negotiate a curve in the road. The SUV continued across the front yards of two homes in the block, then proceeded onto the front lawn of a residence in the 300 block, damaging a portion of a post and rail fence before sliding into the ditch, according to the report.
Members of the Broomall Fire Co. needed to brace the vehicle before removing the lone occupant. The volunteers utilized a rescue jack on the down side of the Pathfinder to provide some stabilization and secured the top end with a winch attached to the rescue truck parked in the driveway.
The girl, who injured her back, was safely removed from the SUV and taken to Bryn Mawr Hospital by the Marple Ambulance Corps, said police.
Around 0750, Company 13, Squad 13, Squad 12, and County 10 were dispatched to a MVC overturned with entrapment on Stewartsville Road in the area of Cascade Gardens. With a very limited amount of manpower, Chief 13 had Co. 8 (Moneta) and Co. 12 (Hardy) respond with additional manpower to assist with the extrication. R-13 (w/4) arrived to find 1 vehicle overturned on it's side with one occupant still inside and Chief 13 (Glidden) established the Command. R-13's crew set the Res-Q-Jacks to stabilize the vehicle and started pulling the TNT tools to remove the roof of the pick up. With the assistance of Medic 14-8 and 2 off duty Roanoke Fire-EMS Lieutenants, R-13's crew did a partial roof removal to gain access to the patient and W8-3 provided fire protection with their trash line. After the extrication was complete, the patient was turned over to EMS and transported to RMH. Wagon 12 remained on scene and in service to cover Co. 13 and Co. 8's area while crews were busy with the accident. A special thanks to Co. 12, Co. 8, Medic 14-8 and the 2 off duty firemen from Roanoke Fire-EMS for assisting Co. 13 on the accident.
2208hrs-Just as units cleared from a T-Bone collision at the intersection of Forest Road and Centerville Road, Bedford Communications dispatched Company 1, Squads 1 and 6, and RS-2 to the 6200 block of East Lynchburg Salem Turnpike for reports of an overturned vehicle with a subject trapped underneath. Engine 1 ( with four) arrived five minutes later to find one SUV overturned, resting on a tree off the roadway with the single occupant pinned. Rescue 1 (with five) arrived just minutes later and began stabilizing with cribbing and ResQjacks. The drivers head, who had been partially ejected out of the drivers window, was pinned by the A post and windshield. After a lengthy extrication, the patient was removed onto a LSB and transported to Lynchburg General Hospital by the medivac Centra One. All units returned to service at 2315hrs. Total Company 1 personnel- 16.
Arnold Air Force Base, TN - The Arnold Engineering Development Center
(AEDC) Fire Department is now on the "cutting edge" of vehicle
Firefighters used their rescue equipment, including a new metal-cutting
saw, on a variety of vehicles during annual training conducted Nov. 8-10
at LKQ Salvage in Manchester. The Training was significant because it
allowed the firefighters to learn and practice new techniques necessary
for extrication performed on late-model vehicles.
For instance, new safety systems, air bags and new types of metals and
alloys can make extracting an accident victim more difficult, and even
dangerous, according to George DeShields, AEDC assistant fire chief for
"We're used to pulling up and taking the doors off a car, cutting the
roof off and getting the people out," he said. "With the new safety
systems there are some metals we can't cut or are very difficult to cut
or bend. Because the cylinders that carry the gas that will cause the
air bag to open and the location of the air bags, we have to take a
different approach about how we get into those vehicles and how we open
those up to disentangle the entrapped people."
In years past, the AEDC Fire Department had to purchase wrecked cars for
the training and pay to have them transported to and from base, but
DeShields said LKQ was very generous in letting firefighters practice in
the salvage yard.
"LKQ donated us as many cars as we could use, different models, shapes,
colors and in different configurations - be it just the wheels off it
and [otherwise] looking like a brand new vehicle to vehicles that were
in real automobile accidents and crashed up," he said. "They put cars
and trucks up on their side for us, where we would have to practice
stabilizing the vehicles and then extracting people from them."
DeShields provided the instruction in the new techniques, which also
saved the department precious funding, according to Jeff Thames,
assistant chief of training. Firefighters were also able to spend more
time training than if they had to pay someone to come in and deliver the
"About two months ago Assistant Chief DeShields had the opportunity to
attend and participate in a 'Vehicle Extrication in the New Millennium'
class, a new concept class that updates everybody on the new training
methods and hazards," Thames said. "As the AEDC crews rotated through
the three-day training at LKQ, DeShields gave every firefighter the
benefit of what he had learned and each firefighter received the same
type of instruction. With budget restrictions what they are, we could
never have afforded this type of opportunity, so it was very valuable.
"I appreciate the opportunity that LKQ gave us. They're a very large
operation, and they did not have to do this. We were treated very well
and, hopefully, we'll have the same opportunity to go out there once or
twice a year."
DeShields said the AEDC Fire Department is probably better trained in vehicle extrication than ever before.
He said some of the specialized equipment employed in the extrication
exercise included the Power Hawk, an electric tool similar to the Jaws
of Life, which is more suitable for confined, flammable areas;
Res-Q-Jacks to stabilize the cars and the Sawzall for cutting metal. The
new metal-cutting saw is called a Milwaukee Saw, and a tool called a
Glass Master was used to take out automobile windows.
AEDC firefighters use a variety of their extrication tools during training Nov. 9 at LKQ Salvage in Manchester.
Fancy Gap, VIRGINIA -- All lanes were closed on I-77 for several hours due to four multi-vehicle crashes on the interstate in Carroll County.
The Hillsville Fire Department used Res-Q-Jack struts to stabilize vehicles to aid in extrication. With 19 transported, 2 fatals, and "what seemed like hundreds of walking wounded," 2nd Lt. Andy Utt of Hillsville Fire said of their Res-Q-Jack struts, "These things were a life saver."
Bedford, VA - 2223hrs- Bedford Communications alerted Company 1, Squad 1,
Squad 6, and RS-2 to the 1300 block of Peaks Road for a reported vehicle
vs. tree motor vehicle crash. Engine 1 (with four) arrived at 2228hrs
to find a single vehicle into a large tree with heavy damage and double
entrapment. E-1's nozzleman stretched a trashline for protection while
Rescue 1 (with five) began stretching tools and building box cribbing to
stablize the large pine tree. Command (Overstreet) requested two
additional Rescues (R-5 & R-13) along with Special Operations
Command to provide additional cribbing and manpower. After the vehicle
and tree had been stabilized with both cribbing and ResQjacks,
both patients were extricated, treated and transported to Carilion
Bedford Memorial. With both patients extricated before the additional
companies arrived, command had Rescue 5 & Rescue 13 cover Station 1
until units could return to service. Units operating: E-1, R-1, U-1,
B-1, S-1, Medic 1-1, Medic 1-2, and RS-2. Total Company 1 personnel: 20.
Valley City Fire Department responded to an MVA at Columbia (SR 252) and Neff Rd. When units first arrived on scene they found a large Winnebago on its drivers side on top of a 4 door car. The driver of the car was still trapped inside the car underneath the RV. There was also a pickup truck that appeared to have hit the RV head on into the passenger side of the RV. All vehicles had heavy damage. Mutual aid was requested from multiple departments to assist with the scene. Valley City Fire Department responded with a Squad 17-1, Heavy Rescue 18, Truck 14. Erhart Fire Department responded with a Engine 56-1 and Squad 57-1. Brunswick responded with a Squad (Medic 3). Lifeflight responded with a helicopter. Spero's responded with 2 Heavy Wreckers. The Ohio State Patrol and Medina county sheriffs also responded to the scene. The RV was stabilized with Res-Q-Jacks by Valley City personnel. Spero's towing used one of their wreckers to lift the RV while another Spero's wrecker pulled the car out from underneath the RV. The passenger of the car was extricated from the vehicle and transported to Medina hospital by Valley City's Squad. While Valley City Personnel were working with the the RV and car. Erhart extricated the victim from the pickup truck and transported him to a Lifeflight helicopter waiting in a field just north of the accident scene on SR 252. The victim was flown to Metro Hospital by Lifeflight in stable condition. Brunswick City's squad transported the victim who was driving the RV to Medina Hospital in stable condition. Heavy Rescue 18 remained on the scene to assist cleaning up the accident scene. The cause of the accident is under investigation by the Ohio State Patrol.
Originally posted on 1st Responder by Pat Travers. Photo by Pat Travers.
WALPOLE, MA (NORFOLK COUNTY) - At 0800 hours on the morning of Friday, November 05, 2010, Firematic held a auto-stabilization training class on the grounds of Chris' Auto Service at 1675 Main Street in Walpole MA.
The majority of the skills required the use of the Res-Q-Jack system, which Firematic is a supplier of. Some of the evolutions utilized Hurst's new battery operated Jaws-Of-Life cutters, spreaders, and rams.
Several junk cars were placed in challenging, and precarious positions, to show the versatility of the Res-Q-Jack system. Firefighters from all over the state of Massachusetts area participated in the drill.
Posted on 1st Reponder by Richard Huff. Photo by Richard Huff.
LINCOLN PARK, NJ – More than 225 firefighters and EMTs spent a recent weekend training to save people trapped in overturned cars, cars on top of each other, and the unthinkable, a car crushed by a construction dumpster. A lot next to the Lincoln Park Hose Company #2 was turned into a car crash playland for the emergency responders, who came from New Jersey, New York, Maryland, Pennsylvania and Connecticut to train at the two-day Res-Q-Jack Stabilization University. The free event, co-sponsored by Lincoln Park Fire Department and Mid-Atlantic Rescue Systems, Inc., the local Res-Q-Jack dealer , let first responders utilize the tools in a controlled environment representing the worst they may find in highway wrecks and accidents. “We didn’t care if the students were using our equipment or our competitors, we just wanted to show folks there is more to stabilization then just throwing a strut under a vehicle on its side” said Mid-Atlantic owner Bill Lynch. Participants at the Oct 23-24 event were broken down into smaller groups and then rotated through 10 different stations, each presenting different stabilization challenges. Emergency workers then used the Res-Q-Jack systems on hand to lift, separate and secure the wrecked vehicles. One such scenario had a 2,000-lb tree crushing a car, while another had multiple vehicles arranged in a wreck. “The seminar was an eye-opener,” said Richard Huff, chief of the Atlantic Highlands First Aid & Safety Squad. “Over the course of the day, we were presented scenarios we never considered. We all walked away having learned many invaluable tricks and techniques, which will come in handy when responding to crashes in our communities.” Mid-Atlantic Rescue instructors were on hand, as well as representatives from the manufacturer, and the system's creator Cris Pasto. “This was an opportunity for people from all over to get a chance to work with and learn from each other,” said Lincoln Park Host Company #2 Deputy Chief Dave Koldyk. “Fantastic class, easily one of the best classes I have taken,” said Pete Callahan of the Connecticut Air National Guard in Hamden. In appreciation for hosting the event, Res-Q-Jack donated more than $5,000 worth of equipment to Lincoln Park Hose Company #2. “These tools and training will allow us to work safer, quicker and more confidently in the field,” said Koldyk. The Res-Q-Jack company presents a dozen of the Stabilization University sessions each year, with one being hosted by Mid-Atlantic, according to Lynch. Indeed, planning for next year's event is already underway and is expected to be in the Somerset County area. (For information log onto www.mid-atlanticrescue.com) “Mid-Atlantic Rescue provided an informative and hands-on experience that demonstrated the versatility of the Res-Q-Jack system,” said Tom Hayden, 1st Lieutenant of the Atlantic Highlands First Aid & Safety Squad. “The scenarios really showed that this system can stabilize and lift a car quickly and safely in almost any way imaginable.” Indeed, says Lynch, that’s why the seminar was held. He said the goal was to provide “the training folks need to take on the tough wrecks. Our equipment will take care of simple to sophisticated incidents.”
1427hrs- Bedford Communications alerted Company 1, Squad 1, RS-2, and Special Operations Command to the Bedford County Group Homeon Turning Point Road for a vehicle into the building. County 1 (Chief Jones) was first to arrive and established command. Engine 1 (with four) arrived at 1431hrs to find an uninjured driver and heavy damage to the B/C corner. After triaging the damage, command held the response to the first due company and collapse trailer. E-1 and R-1 shored the building up with ResQJacks until wooden shores could be constructed. Units operating: E-1 (with four), R-1 (with five), TAC 1, SOC-8, County 1, RS-1, RS-2, Medic 14-5, and Medic 14-9.
St. Leonard, MD - On Thursday August 14th at 1352hrs units from Solomons and St. Leonard were
dispatched for a motor vehicle collision in the area of Rousby Hall Rd and H.G.
Truman. Squad 7 (Lt. M. Richman) and Ambulance 79 (B. Hosslerode) responded
immediately after dispatch. Rescue 3 under the direction of Chief 3 (Nero) arrived on
the scene to find one vehicle on its side with the driver trapped. Chief 3 established
the command and advised Squad 7 that they would be needed for stabilization. Upon
arrival Squad 7's crew used the “Res-Q-Jacks” to stabilize the vehicle then, using
both the Hurst “O” cutter and Hurst Combo tool from the Squad, extricated the patient
with assistance from Solomons. After the patient was removed Solomons Ambulance
37 transported the patient to CMH to be evaluated.
Several city of Yuma firefighters received some hands-on training
Thursday morning on new rescue jack/stabilization equipment they will be
using when reponding to serious motor vehicle accidents and other
“It should be quick to set up and be safer
for the responders and patients,” said Capt. Jeff Green. “With practice
and familiarization, you can stabilize a vehicle in just a few minutes.”
training, which was held at Dick's 25 Hour Towing, covered the proper
set-up and techniques for using Res-Q-Jack stabilization equipment at
the scene of a serious motor vehicle accident.
Green said the
recently purchased equipment helps stabilize vehicles when people are
trapped or pinned and need to be extricated from the vehicle.
car on its side on level ground is fairly stable, but on uneven terrain
it would be very unstable and could roll over onto someone,” Green said.
“Without a system like this, you wouldn't be able to cut the roof off a
car to get to the patient.”
In addition to stabilizing a
vehicle, Green said the equipment can also be used to lift vehicles that
have overturned and are upside down.
During the training,
performed on vehicles in Dick's back lot, firefighters set up the
equipment on three different vehicles, two that were on their sides and
one that was overturned and resting on its roof.
In addition to
stabilizing and lifting vehicles, Green said the equipment can also be
used to shore up building collapses and other tactical rescue
operations. He added the equipment is designed to be versitile, and all
the various pieces – bases, ends and extensions – are interchangeable,
adjustable or removable.
Green said the fire department purchased
the Res-Q-Jack equipment last month for just over $5,000, using money
from a grant it received from the Governor's Office of Highway Safety.
morning's training session was to teach several firefighters how to
correctly use the equipment. Those firefighters will then in turn teach
others at their stations.
Although the YFD only has one
Res-Q-Jack system so far, Green said the plan is to have it available on
an engine truck later this year and available for use.
James Gilbert can be reached at jgilbert@yumasun or 539-6854.
SOUTHINGTON, CT - On June 9, 2010 the Stamford Fire Department and AMR were dispatched for a rollover into a waterway with people possibly trapped inside. Upon arrival they found a car lying on its passenger side in a waterway with one victim in the vehicle. Stamford Police Department and bystanders were helping stabilize the vehicle by hand. Command requested Rescue 1 be brought to the scene since crews responded from their training session in the ladder and engine. Command then requested DEP be dispatched to the scene.
As Rescue 1 arrived, crews from Ladder 1 tied the vehicle off to the ladder truck with rope. ResQjacks were then set up to stabilize the vehicle. Crews then put booms into the water to collect any hazards.
The pt was then removed through the drivers side door and carried to a waiting ems crew. The pt was assessed and refused care and transport. Crews stayed on scene until the vehicle was removed and all hazards were mitigated.
Motorists driving along Wilmor Road may have noticed more activity, and
a lot of car wrecks, than usual near the Washington Fire House
However, these were staged accidents, and many of the firefighters were
from as close as Deer Creek and as far away as Yuma, Ariz.
The Washington Fire Department, along with AEC Fire and Safety, hosted a
stabilization training session using equipment from Res-Q-Jack.
Washington Fire Chief Mike Vaughn said before a victim of a multi-car
crash can be treated, both vehicles must be stabilized to prevent
further injury and keep rescue personnel safe.
Seven different accident scenarios were set up, and firefighters
rotated through each. Stations were led by qualified instructors who
explained the problems firefighters could face on scene. In addition,
each instructor also talked about the equipment needed and its use.
Darrin Schumacher, from the Onarga Fire Department in Onarga, said the
day was very educational.
“I would like to get more of our guys here,” Schumacher said. “It’s
hard for two of us to bring the information back to the rest of the
Capt. Jeff Green, of Yuma, Ariz., said the Yuma Fire Department
recently purchased the Res-Q-Jack system after he wrote a grant
application through the Arizona highway office. The department received
the equipment last week, he said, adding, he and two other Yuma
firefighters travelled to Washington to participate in the training
“It’s best to have the guys who make (the equipment) teach you how to
use it,” Green said.
After rotating through the accident stabilization scenarios,
firefighters were given a chance to train on rescue equipment from
Besides men from Washington, Onarga and Yuma, Ariz., firefighters from
Gilman, Minonk, Spring Bay, Roseville, Roanoke, Forman, Decatur,
Effingham, Ind., and Battle Creek, Mich., were in attendance.
Instructors came from as far away as New York and Charleston, W.Va.
Brecklin’s in Washington and Chuck’s Towing in Peoria provided all but
one of the cars used in Saturday’s training. The remaining car was
donated by a private citizen from Washington, Vaughn said. Capt. Randy
Hurd added the department is grateful for the donated vehicles and to
Scott Weaver who arranged them in the crash scenario on the lot owned by
Spurgeon Construction. Lindy’s Downtown Market catered lunch provided
by AEC Fire and Safety.
Washington firefighter Daniel Lainhart, front, center, learns how to assemble the Res-Q-Jack on an over-turned vehicle at the Washington Fire Department's free training session. The AEC Fire and Safety Company, based out of Springfield, presented fire fighters a seminar, then about 10 different scenarios of vehicles overturned so the volunteers could practice safely lifting and stabilizing the cars with the equipment. Firefighters from as far as Iowa and Arizona came to Washington to participate in the event. John Archer, back, left, President of the AEC, was one of the instructors of the simulations.
The AEC Fire and Safety Company, based out of Springfield, came to the Washington Fire Department for a free, all day, seminar and simulation of vehicle accidents to demonstrate the Res-Q-Jack. This piece of equipment helps stabilize and lift vehicles during an accident. About 10 different vehicles were variously overturned so Washington and other firefighters, as far as Iowa and Arizona could be trained on how to use the Res-Q-Jacks. The AEC Fire and Safety Company has been in business for 68 years.
Firefighters Travis Arnett of Washington, left, Andy Jones of Battlecreek, Mich., and Brian Petersen, of Minonk, team up to assemble the Res-Q-Jack on a simulated overturned vehicle at the Washington Fire Department. About 10 vehicles were overturned in numerous scenarios in efforts of the AEC Fire and Safety Company to train local and out of state firefighters to use the jacks, chains, and other equipment during a rescue.
Washington Firefighter Adam Fuller, left, and Minonk firefigher Tom McKay assemble the Res-Q-Jack on a vehicle during the AEC's presentation of a seminar and simulations to use the stabilizing and lifting equipment.
Stony HIll, CT June 11, 2010
Stony Hill Fire Department Story Originally Posted on 1st Responder Network
STONY HILL, CT - On Friday June 11,
2010, at about 2:00 p.m., Stony Hill Fire Department was dispatched to
an MVA with extrication on I84 eastbound between exits eight and nine.
EMS units arrived and confirmed the extrication assignment with a single
vehicle on the guardrail head on into a bridge abutment with two
critical patients. Stony Hill Rescue 2 took command and went to work.
2 used Res-Q-Jacks to shore the vehicle and began extrication as units
from Danbury Fire Department and Bethel Fire Department responded and
provided additional manpower and tools to perform the extrication.
Patients were removed in short order and transported to Danbury
Units included Stony Hill A3, R2, E3, Bethel R1, A2,
Bethel Medics, Danbury Squad, E24, Car 30, Danbury EMS.
On Wednesday, March 24, 2010, at 18:38 hours, the Baltic FD was special requested for Rescue 124 with the Res Q Jacks to respond to 5 Tyler Drive in Franklin for a industrial/machinery accident. Upon arrival, Rescue 124's crew was ordered by Franklin Command to utilize the Res Q Jacks to stabilize the boom from the Lull that had over turned until the heavy duty wrecker had arrived. Once that was completed Rescue 124's crew went to work with hydraulic tools and a Zawzall, with crews from Franklin and Lebeanon to remove the top of the skid steer so the patient could be extricated. The patient was completely extricated approx. 55 minutes from time of entrapment. The patient was transported to Backus Hospital by franklin Rescue 525 with ALS aboard. Baltic units were released a short time later.
An overnight MVA sent units from Co 8 and Sta4 to the 12.5 mile marker on I-81. SQ41 arrived at 3:17am to find an SUV on its roof with 3 occupants inside. Two children in the back seats were quickly removed with a seat belt cutter but the driver's hand was pinned under the vehicle. SQ41 and E45 set up the Res-Q-Jacks with a chain wrap and lifted the SUV until the driver was free. Command 8 had a total of 3 BLS and 1 ALS on scene. Sta4 returned to service just before 4am.
March 24, 2010
City of Charleston Fire Department
Charleston South Carolina
City of Charleston Engine 111, Tower 105, Battalion 104, and St. Andrews Rescue 301 responded to a reported vehicle collision on Savannah Highway. Upon arrival Engine 111 established command and reported a two vehicle MVC with one vehicle on its side, confirmed entrapment, and power lines down. Additional resources were requested. Tower 105 arrived and stabilized the vehicle using two X-struts on the undercarriage side with a tie back to a large bush. Disentanglement consisted of a complete roof removal due to patient condition and location as well as construction features of the roof including a sun roof and curtain airbags.
Rural Retreat Fire Department
Rural Retreat, VA
This vehicle ran around a curve and lost control running aver a 10 foot embankment crashing unto its side near a creek. As you can see, the Res-Q-Jacks were the only way to stabilize the vehicle to extricate the patient.
Engine 111, Tower 105, Battalion Chief 104, and Charleston County EMS
responded to a two vehicle motor collision also involving bicyclist.
Upon arrival Engine 111 established command and reported one patient
entrapped in the driver's seat of a side resting vehicle. Tower 105
personnel stabilized the vehicle using cribbing in conjunction with
Rescue Jacks and a tie back to the other vehicle. The patient was
extricated with a partial roof flap.
On occasion vehicles are involved in a motor vehicle collision and come to rest upside down in ditches of varying sizes. Rescuers may be able to utilize frequently used tactics including side removals and tunnel operations. However depending on factors such as ditch size, vehicle construction, vehicle damage, etc., side and trunk access may not be practical. Just short of manipulating the patient and potentially causing further injury this leaves rescuers with one solution which involves the vertical lifting of the vehicle with heavy recovery vehicles or lifting equipment.
Given our geographical area and exposure to this type of incident the Darlington County Extrication Team strived to develop and refine a tactic that provides a suitable path of egress when there are no other alternatives for a vehicle that has come to rest upside down. We wanted to accomplish this with limited equipment normally carried on rescue vehicles.
After hours of brainstorming and research, the solution involved the application of the basic components of a Res-Q-Jack system, 2 X-Struts®, a 15 foot Grade 80 chain, 1 ratchet strap, and 1 cluster. With this equipment rescuers have perfected raising vehicles from side to side and end to end. It took a redevelopment of these principles applied to a vehicle where the attachment points were several feet below the head of the strut.
These pictures depict the setup of the equipment along with potential tactics. Although it looks complex it is relatively easy and adaptable to almost any style of below grade situation. Rescuers who are familiar with the tactic can begin pitching the car within five minutes while other rescuers stage equipment for further disentanglement procedures. In a matter of 10 – 15 minutes a path of egress can be made with tactics including a clam maneuver, side removal, dash displacement, and/or tunnel operation.
CHESAPEAKE, Va. - Virginia State Police have released the names of the victims in Tuesday morning's deadly collision on Interstate 64, in Chesapeake.
Investigators say 75-year-old Donald Franklin Beazly was driving his Honda minivan Eastbound on I-64, just West of the High Rise Bridge, when a tanker truck crossed the median and hit the van. Beazly's wife, 72-year-old Sue Ratcliffe Beazly was killed. The Beazlys are from Littleton, North Carolina.
Police say the driver of the tanker truck, Gary Allen Saunders from Windsor, Va., had a medical related incident, which apparently caused the crash.
The tanker truck was carrying carbon dioxide.
Saunders and Donald Beazly were taken to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital. No word on their conditions.
Charges are pending.
The crash happened at around 11:30 a.m. Tuesday. Investigators remained on the scene into the evening hours.
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Bryans Road Fire Department
Bryans Road, MD
18 November 2009, Rescue Engine 113 responded along with Engine 112,
Ambulance 118, Chief 11, Squad 7, Ambulance 78, and Paramedic Ambulance
89 to Billingsley Rd. and Catchapenny Place for the report of an auto
accident with a subject trapped. Units from 11 arrived on the scene to
find a single vehicle into a utility pole with one occupant still in
the vehicle. The crew from Rescue Engine 113 and Engine 112 utilized
the ResQ Jacks to stabilize the vehicle while Squad 7 prepared for
extrication. After the vehicle was stabilized the occupant was
extricated within a few minutes. The patient was turned over to the
EMS Crew and transported.
On Nov. 6 at 3:12 p.m. Caledon Fire and Emergency Services conducted a rescue operation after a man's foot became wedged in a Bobcat while working on a construction site by Highway 50, north of Zimmerman Drive in Palgrave. The man was working on the construction site when the incident occurred, making it a workplace accident, which has been reported to Caledon OPP. "It looked to our people as if the Bobcat may have been starting to lose its balance... It may have started to roll, or he perceived it was going to roll, so he attempted to jump from it," said Caledon Fire Chief Brad Bigrigg.
As he attempted the escape his foot became trapped between the bucket and the frame of the equipment. Firefighters were not able to use traditional equipment in the area, which was reportedly about a kilometre from the roadway, and so used mini-pumpers to transport people and rescue tools to and from the site. "There wasn't enough horizontal or vertical clearance. The roadways they've got cut though there, they're meant for something small like a pickup truck," explained Bigrigg.
It took approximately 45 minutes to free the trapped man. "They had to stabilize the Bobcat itself with 'ResQJacks'... we purchased them last year; we get a lot of use out of them," said the Chief. The machinery had to be stabilized so firefighters could work to free the victim without worrying about it rolling in the process. The operator was treated and transported to Headwaters Hospital by Peel EMS. "He was conscious and alert. It was clear that he had a serious injury to his foot. I don't think it was a life threatening injury... I think he was uncomfortable, in a lot of pain and he was trapped."
RICHLAND, NJ – It was a weekend of activity on October 3-4, 2009 at the Michael Debbi Park in Richland, Atlantic County where 97 emergency personnel trained in vehicle stabilization using the Res-Q-Jack system.
Participants came from New Jersey, Maryland, Delaware, Connecticut, New York, Virginia and the District of Columbia to take part in the 2-day training class which was hosted by the Richland Fire Company and conducted by Mid-Atlantic Rescue Systems.
Seven different stations provided personnel with ample opportunity to work on various scenarios utilizing a variety of tool set ups.
Bill Lynch, vice-president of Mid-Atlantic Rescue Systems, said the class concentrated on unusual or difficult vehicle stabilization situations and was provided at no cost to the participants. Lynch also said that manufacturer of Res-Q-Jack systems donated a 4-Point Deluxe Res-Q-Jack System to the Richland Fire Company for hosting and making all necessary arrangements for the training.
Rescue workers prepare to remove an accident victim from under his truck on Horse Mountain Road west of Wartrace Saturday afternoon. The truck's driver, who was identified by authorities as Walter Donnie Lloyd, 55, of Coop Road, was thrown from and pinned under the truck. Bedford County Sheriff's Department personnel said it appeared Lynch had lost control on a sharp, hilly curve. The crash site is between Railroad Road and Wartrace-Bell Buckle Road.
The jacks were used to lift the vehicle off the victim. It went smoothe as silk despite the incorrect setup. I have been drawing our presentation on the board this morning to help the guys get it figured out. They said there were a ton of bystanders, highway patrol, deputies, and EMS there that were just impressed with the jacks when they removed the body.
This week for drill NBFD went to Burn's Garage to practice extrication while a car is on its side. ETA-205, Rescue-202, and Rescue-2012 stationed at Circle of Friends daycare until they were told to respond in to a PIAA car on its side with one patient entrapped in the driver seat. NBFD quickly stabilized the car using Res-Q-Jacks and the took off the roof to remove the patient.
On Wednesday, June 3, 2009 at 16:49hrs, Station 1 was activated for a
single vehicle Signal 80 rollover with 1 patient trapped in the
vehicle. Rescue 11 responded, immediately setting up vehicle
stabilization, Engine 12, which was out on a fire alarm at General
Chemical, cleared and responded to handle vehicle hazards. Rescue 11's
crew completed extrication of 1 ten minutes after arrival. Rural Metro
handled patient care. Units cleared about 30 minutes after dispatch.
Units Assigned, Car 1 (Woodworth), Car 2 (Bosco), Car 3 (Cantello),
Rescue 11, and Engine 12.
FAIRFIELD TOWNSHIP, OHIO - Two drivers were seriously injured after a head on crash on Ohio Bypass 4 on Monday afternoon, August 10, 2009.
The accident occurred on Bypass 4 just south of Route 4 about 5:30 p.m. during afternoon rush hour traffic. Both drivers were trapped in their vehicles and required extensive extrication using Hurst hydraulic Jaws, Cutters and Rams.
According to the Fairfield Township Police Department, Barb Thompson, 46, of Fairfield Township, was heading north on Bypass 4, driving a Dodge minivan when she went left of center and struck head on a Ford Focus driven south by Kristen Dumen, 19, of Loveland Ohio.
Police are looking at the possibility of cell phone use or text messaging as the cause of the accident.
Both drivers were alone at the time of the accident and were transported to the Atrium Medical Center a level 2 Trauma Center.
Station 2 dispatched to 161 MM up on arrival found pickup truck that
had rolled over and was hauling a trailer. Squad 1 and Engine 2 arrived
on scene and secured vehicle with Res-Q-Jacks. Also crews had to
stabilize trailer, after stabilization crews proceeded to remove top
from vehicle to gain access to patient.