Poulsbo, WA (PRWEB) June 05, 2012
Vehicle extrication emergencies are a leading category of response for fire and rescue personnel. Responding to these incidents is inherently dangerous because of vehicle traffic and many other hazardous conditions. Both the patient and responders' lives depend on solid, up-to-date training in incident management, basic operational procedures and knowledge of tools and techniques used to complete an efficient and effective extrication. It's critical that emergency responders are aware of hazards and how to control them at an extrication scene.
Rescuers must have up-to-date extrication training to handle the escalating number of hybrids, electric vehicles and vehicles made with ultra-high strength steel and other new technologies. An update and expansion of the Vehicle Extrication multimedia training series by Action Training Systems pulls together new training information with the basics as well as hand-tools-only evolutions.
The “Hybrid & Electric Vehicles” program shows basic propulsion systems and common components of hybrid and electric vehicles, demonstrates seven steps to approach and shut down crashed vehicles and shows alternative procedures for shutdown when the ignition or keys are not accessible.
“Advanced Steel” shows the rescue challenges presented by increased use of reinforced steel and ultra-high strength steel (UHSS) to protect passengers in vehicle crashes. It shows tools needed to penetrate advanced steel, and how to use hydraulic power cutters to cut advanced steel. The program also demonstrates "workaround" techniques to extricate trapped patients when advanced-steel-capable cutting tools aren't available.
The program “Hand Tools Only” shows components and general operating procedures for non-hydraulic rescue tools, such as rescue air chisels, reciprocating saws and manual jacks. It also demonstrates alternative hand-tools-only methods for hood-opening, door and window techniques, roof access, trunk tunneling and interior procedures.
The Vehicle Extrication series teaches to current NFPA standards 1001, 1006 and 1670. All programs were reviewed by a group of industry subject matter experts, including: Ron Moore, Division Chief (Ret.) McKinney (TX) FD and author of Vehicle Rescue & Extrication; Jeff Pugh and Kevin Williams of Central Pierce (WA) FD and members of the Puyallup Extrication team; and Randy Schmitz of Calgary Local 255, Alberta, Canada, educational chairman and member of TERC Canada.
Action Training Systems has over 23 years of experience and knowledge in training programs for emergency responders. The company provides high-quality content and video demonstrations on DVD as well as interactive computer-based training (CBT) and scorable simulation courses that all run on the Iluminar Learning Management System (LMS) software platform.
Other training series by ATS include the Essentials of Fire Fighting, Bloodborne Pathogens, HAZMAT, Emergency Medical Responder, Fire Service Recue, First On Scene, Fire Officer 1, Industrial Fire Brigades and much more. Their training is a valuable resource to a variety of industry professionals including—but not limited to—firefighters, law enforcement, industrial first responders, private security, private ambulance, military, safety officers, HAZMAT teams, search and rescue, utility workers and all other emergency responders.
For information, visit http://www.action-training.com