HEV/HYBRIDS

The late 1990’s saw the introduction of the world’s first commercially available hybrid vehicle (Toyota Prius, 1997) and a little more than a decade later we saw the emergence of wholly electric vehicles with models such as the Nissan Leaf, first produced in 2010. The electrification of vehicles has resulted in another area of concern […]

SPACE CREATION TECHNIQUES

The key here is keeping it simple and creating as much space with as little effort as possible. We often overlook just what can be achieved manually (with only our gloved hand) and very often we do not do this early enough in the extrication process. This means we spend too much time trying to […]

TRAINING

In my opinion, this is the most important section of this entire book and I cannot emphasize enough just how critical quality training and preplanning is when it comes to vehicle extrication. Whilst this may seem obvious, my experience leads me to believe that even today in many countries the amount, frequency and quality of […]

DASHBOARD RELOCATION LIFT

There is a distinct difference between the relocation of a dashboard in a training environment and during an operational rescue. Remember: to remove a mechanical entrapment, we simply have to be able to see daylight around our patient; this may mean a movement (or relocation) of no more than a few inches. Of course, more […]

MENTAL FIRST AID

When discussing personal safety, it is all too easy to focus on the potential physical harm we may be exposed to as part of our role as emergency responders. We routinely discuss risks, hazards and control measures in relation to our practical working environment, but up until very recently, we rarely discuss the potential for […]

VEHICLE SHUTDOWN

The removal of power from vehicles is something we have been familiar with for many years and it has become part of our established protocols. Isolation of the 12v power on all vehicles and since 1997, the high voltage system on hybrid vehicles has principally been driven by the need to isolate airbags and SRS […]

ZEITREISE: ÜBERLEGENE SCHNEIDPERFORMANCE

2003 // Die neuwertige Messergeometrie am Schneidgerät LS 501 EN bringt Schneidgut automatisch in die richtige Position. Das Schneidgerät LS 530 EN bietet Rettern eine riesige Messeröffnungsweite. www.lukas.com

eWXT ROADSHOW in TSCHECHIEN

It’s a pleasure to be back after Corona Lockdown! Being close to the customer is the most important thing for us! Many thanks to our Czech firemen and the positive feedback on our eWXTs!😃

DOOR RELOCATION ON WHEELS

Opening a door is the easiest way to gain access into the vehicle and the patient. It is rare that we cannot open a door with our hand using the handle, but we must be prepared to use hydraulic tools if necessary, especially if the patient is unresponsive. Once we have opened the door, the […]