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Emergency responders stage mock extrication

June 26, 2015

 

Bowman and Rhame volunteer firefighters work at the scene of the mock extrication, a scenario used to increase the emergency personnel�s training. (Photo courtesy Jennifer Hestekin)
and volunteer work at the scene of the mock extrication, a scenario used to increase the emergency personnel’s . (Photo courtesy Jennifer Hestekin)

By BRYCE MARTIN
Pioneer Editor | bmartin@countrymedia.net

Each year a number of fire, ambulance and first responders from the area refreshes their emergency rescue skills by holding a mock automobile extrication.

Crews assess the best possible route for the extrication. (Photo courtesy Jennifer Hestekin)
Crews assess the best possible route for the extrication. (Photo courtesy Jennifer Hestekin)

Chris Palczewski, Bowman Volunteer Fire Chief, is an extrication instructor with the and works to maintain the necessary 2-year certifications in “the art of extrication.”

Extrication is the process of removing a vehicle from around a person who has been involved in a motor vehicle accident, when conventional means of exit are impossible or inadvisable. A delicate approach is needed to minimize injury to the victim during the extrication.

Last week, members of and other local fire departments staged a mock scenario where a truck overturned and its driver had no way to exit. The truck’s metal would have to be torn off around them.

Bowman Fire Dept. and Bowman Ambulance work together to form Bowman Rescue, whose certification guidelines are set by the Department of Health and the Firefighters Association. They hold standards for the department’s Heavy Rescue Certification—five personnel must be certified as an emergency medical responder and five must be certified to conduct automobile extrication. There is a long list of tools and medical equipment the departments must have certified, too.

A minimum of one medical and two automobile extrication personnel must respond to all calls and be available seven days a week, 24 hours a day.

 

 

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