Category: Training Notes

Timber Cribbing Use – By Billy Leach

UPDATED PDF – Billy Leach sent me this write up he created for timber cribbing use. I thought it would be a good share as there is lots of useful info here. Click the links below to download the PDF. You can keep this as a class handout or just learn from it yourself.  You …

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2016-2017 Online Train the Trainer Program – Open Registration

Advanced Extrication – Instructor Training – Certification New – Train the Trainer – Online Course! Participants will receive an Instructor Certificate that meets the NFPA Standard All you need is an internet connection! This course can be viewed online with a computer, smartphone or tablet! – This course exceeds the NFPA  standard for Operational Level – Instructor …

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Ultra Capacitors – A New Hazard

Ultra Capacitors: Ultra capacitors are here and they are here to stay.  Manufacturers have been seeking ways to reduce the weight of high voltage batteries for many years, and capacitors have always been a consideration when discussing the storage of high voltage in vehicles.  Although there are currently no high voltage capacitors (for use in …

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Our Latest Article on Fire Engineering – Airbag Avoidance – Part 1

Check out our latest article on the Fire Engineering website In this writing I cover all of the locations were we may encounter airbags in North American Vehicles. This is just part one of a four part series on airbag avoidance. Look for Part 2 soon. Heres the link to the article: Airbag Avoidance – …

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Where’s the Boron?

There is a lot of confusion out there regarding Advanced or Ultra High Strength Steels… Many vehicles that are promoted as having UHSS, do not, and many more are depicted as having UHSS in locations that they in fact do not…. Below I have listed most of the vehicles in North America that have Boron …

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Service / Safety-Emergency Disconnects

There are several ways to shut down the high voltage (outside of the battery) in hybrid and electric vehicles. In an article to be released next week, I will cover the various safety systems within the vehicle that “should” shut down the high voltage and thoroughly explain the various safety, emergency and service disconnects that …

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The Stored Gas Inflator Cylinder; To Cut or Not to Cut – By Chris Rufert

By Chris Rufert. There are some in our industry that still believe cutting a stored gas inflation cylinder of an airbag assembly during a vehicle extrication event is a sound practice.  The question is why we would maintain this line of thinking?  So I want to try to spell out some technical and some not …

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Total Sidewall Removal Video – Operational Level

New Airbag in the 2013 Dodge Dart

The Dodge Dart Things have changed a little since  1963   Dodge is now selling the 2013 Dart and with it’s release comes a new airbag…This rear seat mounted bag is designed to deploy in a side impact and protect the rear occupants pelvic area. This is protection we have seen in many vehicles but  …

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Deployment Of Airbags For Training

Fuller Deployment System As Instructors, we all know how valuable it can be to deploy airbags for the participants of our classes.  This simple demonstration reveals the intensity of airbags, and helps firefighters understand the hazards that SRS can present at a motor vehicle accident.  Unfortunately, not all airbag deployment demonstrations are done safely.  In …

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