Vehicle Extrication Drill
By Asst. Chief Jeffery Daday
February 4, 2020

Vehicle extrication and patient removal at auto accidents were the topics at the Department's weekly drill on Monday, February 3, 2020.

Working as a team, firefighters used hydraulic rescue tools to train on different techniques to remove a patient from a vehicle when the vehicle's doors are compromised. Using a hydraulic spreader (the "Jaws of Life") to force apart structural elements of the vehicle as well as a hydraulic cutter, firefighters worked through several simulated accidents on a vehicle donated for training purposes. The different scenarios required firefighters to remove the vehicle's doors and roof while maintaining a safe environment for firefighters and the simulated patients.